Foreign media reports: in recent months, with the escalation of Sino Indian border tensions, the two countries have been using UAVs to conduct high-altitude surveillance and reconnaissance in inaccessible areas.
According to Indian media reports, India is buying more “Heron” UAVs from Israel, and the American “Predator” UAV is another option India is considering. Military analyst Zhou Chenming said: UAVs can easily enter places inaccessible to humans and monitor important places that are difficult to patrol. India is at a disadvantage in the quality and quantity of UAVs.
The heron UAV of the Israeli aircraft industry company used in India has a wingspan of 54 feet 6 inches and a capacity of 551 pounds. The UAV uses a Rotax 914 four cylinder engine, which can produce 115 horsepower. The heron’s maximum speed is 129 miles per hour and can stay in the air for 52 hours at a time. Heron UAVs have been used in 14 countries, including the United States and Australia. The Indian army also used the small UAV “searcher” of the Indian Aviation Industry Corporation (IAI). It has a payload of 150 pounds and a wingspan of 28 feet. The UAV uses a low-power limbach l550 engine with only 47 horsepower. The searcher can fly for 18 hours at a top speed of 125 miles per hour.
China is currently using its own UAV to monitor the border: pterosaur 2 or gj-2 UAV. The gj-2 has a wingspan of 67 feet 3 inches and a maximum takeoff weight of 9259 pounds. The UAV has a maximum speed of 230 miles per hour and can stay in the air for 32 hours at a time. It is said that China is also using its own CH-4 UAV and bzk-005c UAV, with a payload capacity of 331 pounds, a cruising speed of 93-112 miles per hour and a flight duration of 40 hours.
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