China releases first footage of its stealth spy drone

Mail Online | 6/26/2014 | Tracy You For Mailonline
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China has unveiled its first stealth spy drone that is invisible to radar and can fly 40 hours without refuelling.

The 'Sky Hawk' warplane is capable of taking a clear picture of a car's number plate while flying at the altitude of 3,000 metres (9,800 feet), according to its developer.

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The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has been kept as a top secret by Beijing, and this is the first time any footage of it has been released.

The 'Sky Hawk', or Tianying in Chinese, is the brainchild of Sea Hawke General Aviation Equipment Company Ltd, which was set up in 2012 by state-run China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation to develop and manufacture military drones.

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The plane is capable of avoiding radar detection and penetrating key enemy targets in a 'highly threatening battling environment', says Sea Hawke in a post on Chinese social media on New Year's Day.

The post also released the first video of the spy drone.

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While the majority of the footage uses computer-generated imaging of the plane, it contains a 10-second real-life clip which captures the drone taking off from an airport in an unspecified location.

The drone is equipped with China's most advanced photo-electric aerial platform, according to the plane's deputy designer Wang Jianping, who spoke to China Central Television Station.

Platform - Cameras - Camera - Camera - Degrees

The platform contains seven different cameras, including an infrared camera and a multispectral camera, all of which can turn 360 degrees while spying on enemies without being captured by radar.

With a wingspan of 18 metres (59 feet), the plane can reach a maximum cruising altitude of 7,500 metres (24,600 feet) and carry 370 kilograms...
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