Chinese Unmanned Combat Helicopters on show at IDEF

Chinese UAV company launches latest unmanned combat helicopter at IDEF in Turkey.

27 April 2019

Chinese unmanned helicopter manufacturer Ziyan UAV will showcase its Blowfish A2 combat helicopter, which can carry radar, jamming devices, guns or bombs, and its electric unmanned PARUS helicopter at IDEF in Turkey from the 30 April to May 3.

The Blowfish was recently unveiled at the 15th Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) in Malaysia, where its flight demonstration is said to have sparked interest from many countries' militaries and media.

According to media reports, the Blowfish  has a maximum take-off weight of 38 kg, can carry a 12 kg payload and reach a maximum speed of 130 km/hour.


The Blowfish in action


It is thought to be small and light enough to be carried by combat units, which could use it for both surveillance and attack. Although slower than a fixed-wing UAV, according to reports it can hover, making it suitable for a wide range of roles. Its portability also makes it an attractive option for ground forces who could use it to launch an attack straightaway on a moving target, instead of having to wait to call in a fixed wing drone.

A spokesperson for the company said it would also exhibit its newest Model Blowfish A3, which features six unique technologies designed for the military:  intelligent swarm; suicide attack; battlefield fast scanning micro SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar), battlefield fast 3D-model building system; and a counter-UAV system.