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The Chinese began to produce cargo drones

The Chinese have begun the serial assembly of cargodrone called AT200. Details shared representatives of the company - developer Star UAV System, writes Jane’s International Defense Review. The unmanned aerial vehicle successfully passed all the tests and is ready to transport cargo all over the world - for this purpose a mobile control center is “supplied” with each drone.

AT200 is built on a nine-platform platform.single-engine turboprop aircraft P-750 XSTOL, produced in New Zealand. The maximum take-off weight is 3.4 tons, while the unit can carry loads weighing up to 1.5 tons. The maximum range of its flight is 2.2 thousand kilometers, height - 6.1 thousand kilometers. The flight takes place at speeds up to 313 kilometers per hour.

Command centre

To take off, the drone has enough lanesonly 200 meters long - this makes it possible to operate in various locations. No wonder that their interest has already been expressed by the command of the People’s Liberation Army of China. At the same time, the project’s customer is SF Express, a large Chinese courier company: under the contract, they must deliver three such UAVs before the end of 2019.

It is noteworthy that since the first tests toless than two years have gone by since the AT200 has completed its flight at the end of 2017. The device with cargo flew at an altitude of more than 5 thousand meters with a strong wind and coped with this ordeal. The flight (including time for unloading) took 4.5 hours.

The tasks of the new unmanned aircraft - ensuringprovisions and necessary industrial goods of people living in remote areas and sea areas. According to experts, such devices will significantly save money for carriers, and at the same time increase the frequency of flights.

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