China has begun to assemble a cargodrone AT200 on a serial basis. Representatives of Star UAV System, which developed the novelty, shared the details. The AT200 unmanned aerial vehicle was successfully tested. It is ready for shipping worldwide. To control the drone in the kit is a special mobile unit.
The AT200 is based on a single engine platform.New Zealand P-750 XSTOL turboprop aircraft with 9 seats. The maximum take-off weight of the Chinese novelty is 3.4 tons. Carry a drone can up to 1.5 tons of cargo. He is able to fly at distances up to 2,200 kilometers at an altitude of 6.1 kilometers and speeds of up to 313 kilometers per hour.
For take-off of a drone, there is enough strip of 200meters This significantly expands the geography of its operation. Not surprisingly, the leadership of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army is already interested in developing it. At the same time, the customer of the project is one of the largest courier companies in China - SF Express. Under the contract, it will be provided with three such devices until the end of the current year. Also, a representative of the Star UAV System reported that they have an order for the production of fifty more AT200 units by 2022.
What is curious, from the first development tests to itsmass production has not passed and 2 years. AT200 first flew at the end of 2017. Then the drone coped well with the flight with the cargo on board at an altitude of more than 5000 meters with a significant wind. On the flight and unloading took a total of 4.5 hours.
New unmanned aircraft designed to provideproducts and goods of people who live in sea areas and in hard-to-reach areas of the country. Experts believe that such devices will significantly save the carriers, as well as increase the frequency of flights.