NORINCO ready to deliver CR500 Golden Eagle helicopter drones
As Chinese company NORINCO was recently cleared to deliver its made-for-export multipurpose helicopter drone system, analysts referred to it on November 29 as a good partner for tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and artillery , Liu Xuanzun reports on Global Times.
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CR500 Golden Eagle unmanned helicopter systems pass inspection for delivery in 2020 (Picture source: screenshot from the WeChat account of NORINCO)
Developed by the state-owned China North Industries Group Corporation (NORINCO), the CR500 Golden Eagle unmanned helicopter system recently passed final inspections for delivery, the company said in a statement released in its WeChat account on November27. Passing the final inspections indicates that NORINCO has made a breakthrough in developing and manufacturing mid-to-large-sized drone systems, the company said.
The CR500 Golden Eagle is a coaxial rotor helicopter drone designed for multiple missions including battlefield reconnaissance, target positioning and illuminating, communication relay and battle damage assessment, NORINCO said, noting that the drone, its mission payloads and ground control stations are all made by the company. When equipped with weapons like machine guns or anti-tank missiles, the helicopter drone could also conduct armed reconnaissance missions, the expert said.
Multiple Chinese companies - state-owned and private - are now offering a variety of choice in unmanned helicopters, including the AR500C from the state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) and the Blowfish A2 from Guangdong-based Zhuhai Ziyan UAV Company that can operate in high-altitude border regions, an unidentified model spotted on China's Type 075 amphibious assault ship believed to be capable of amphibious combat, and the AV500 also by AVIC that can operate at night.