China is getting closer to deploying VTOL unmanned aerial vehicles for platforms such as Type 056 corvettes or for providing midcourse guidance for over-the-horizon SSMs
Chinese state media on 7 May announced the successful flight test of what has been described as the country’s largest unmanned helicopter. The test was held at Weifang Tianxiang Aerospace Industry Co Ltd test center in Weifang, Shandong Province, on Saturday, Xinhua news agency said. The medium-sized, 757kg V750 helicopter hovered for about 10 minutes, performing a few maneuvers before stably landing.
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