China Brings Snippets of Defense Technology to IDEX
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates — This week at the the International Defense Exposition and Conference, visitors got a taste of China's military technologies.
Most of the companies in the China Pavilion opted to display small models of vehicles and unmanned aircraft rather than full-sized systems. Others shied away from displaying technical data or brochures on any item that could be considered even remotely sensitive.
Norinco — a Chinese manufacturer of ground vehicles, precision weaponry and small arms — showcased its AR3 Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System. The AR3 can fire eight 370 mm or 10 300 mm rockets that have a range of 174 and 81 miles respectively, a representative from the company said. She declined to give further details. “If you were a customer I could tell you more,” she said.
Poly Technologies, Inc.’s 07PD 8x8 multi-weaponry armored vehicle made its international debut at the show. The O7PD shown at the conference was outfitted with anti-tank guided missiles and can be configured as an armored personnel carrier and mortar carrier.
Aerospace Long-March International Trade Co., Ltd, or ALIT, exhibited models of CH-4 medium-altitude, long endurance unmanned aerial system and CH-91 UAS, but the only data made available on the aircraft was the endurance —five hours for the CH-91, 30 for the CH-4A and 14 for the CH-4B.
ALIT did offer some technical data, but only on items such as barbed wire and folding chairs.
At IDEX’s new unmanned system exhibit, or UMEX, AEE Technology Co, Ltd. promoted its F100 and F50 quadcopters used by the Chinese military. Both drones cruise at speeds of about 30 miles an hour, according to company information.
The larger F100 weighs 16 pounds, and has a 50-minute battery life and a maximum flight ceiling of 4,900 feet. It is equipped with a “duo camera” that can toggle between 100-degree field of view and a more magnified 30-degree swatch of that imagery. It can transmit video from distances up to six miles away from the user.
The four-pound F50 can be equipped with electro optical, low light and thermal imaging cameras and can send data from about 3.7 miles away. It can reach altitudes of 50 feet and remain in the air for 40 minutes without needing to be recharged.
China National Aero-Technology Import and Export Corp. displayed information about some of its unmanned aerial systems, including an amphibious craft that can take off and land in the water. The UVS-S100 has a 40-feet wingspan as well as a propeller affixed to back of the fuselage. It can carry a 440-pound payload, fly speeds of up to 118 miles an hour and stay in the air for up to eight hours. It can be outfitted with a laser rangefinder, electro-optical camera and synthetic aperture radar.
Chinese naval power was also visible. The China Shipbuilding Trading Co. booth featured models of several of its designs including an offshore patrol vessel, large landing ship, replenishment ship and 500-ton missile corvette.
The 1,500-ton offshore patrol vessel can sprint at 25 knots and is equipped with eight surface-to-surface missiles, a 76 mm gun and two 23 mm guns. It also is outfitted with unspecified electronic warfare system and surface movement and navigation radars.
The missile corvette can sprint at 33 knots and has a 1,800-mile range at 18 knots. It is armed with six surface-to-surface missiles, a twin 37 mm gun and two twin 30 mm guns. Like the patrol vessel, the corvette has surface movement and navigation radars. It also contains an electronic warfare system as well as four chaff launchers, which emit a cloud of aluminum or other material that can confuse enemy radar systems.