UAV model WZ-5, which was made in China, is a new development of machine intelligence, which developed and manufactured on the basis of the city of Beijing Aviation University. Better known is the export name of the machine, namely, Chang Hong-1, abbreviated CH-1. The basis for the development of the aircraft design principles were taken from the American unmanned AQM-34N. This was made possible due to the capture of several models of Chinese military intelligence in American 60-ies.

Creation of the machine CH-1 (WZ-5) began with the 70-s of the last century, as a result, the Chinese equivalent of the American unmanned aerial vehicle was created. It must be said that the machine created had excellent performance, in connection with which it was adopted by China’s weapons from the 1978 of the year. The main task of the created apparatus was to perform reconnaissance operations and aerial photography of the necessary territory. For this, the camera and cameras were included in the equipment package, in addition, an IR sensor was installed. The launch of the vehicle WZ-5 was carried out using an aircraft, the first models were installed on a Tu-4 bomber. On the UAV began to launch the device with a transport aircraft model Y-8E. For the first time, the military use of the aircraft WZ-5 was carried out in 1979 during the conflict between Vietnam and China. It should be noted that at the moment these machines are in service. 

BUAA CH-1 WZ-5. Specifications:

Modification   WZ-5
Wingspan, m   9.76
Length m   8.97
Height, m   2.18
Weight, kg  
  empty   1060
  fuel   620
  payload   65
  maximum take-off   1700
engine's type   1 TRD WP-11
Thrust, kN   X 1 8.33
Maximum speed km / h   800
Range, km   2500
Flight duration, h   3
Practical ceiling, m   17500


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