Gallery: Blue-Sky Thinking Colors China’s Drone Industry

By on Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Carrier-based aircraft are military aircraft designed specifically for operations from aircraft carriers. The term is generally applied only to fixed-wing aircraft, as naval helicopters are able to operate from a wider variety of aviation-capable ships. Carrier-based aircraft must be relatively sturdy to withstand demanding carrier operations.

They must be able to launch in a short distance and be sturdy enough to withstand the often abrupt forces associated with launching and recovering from a pitching deck and commonly have mechanisms to fold the wings to allow more to be carried on board.

These aircraft are designed for many purposes including air-to-air combat, surface attack, anti-submarine warfare (ASW), search and rescue (SAR), transport (COD), weather observation, reconnaissance and airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) duties.

The 5th China Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Conference and Exhibition was held in Beijing. Hosted by the Chinese Society of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the exhibition is to be held at the China International Exhibition Centre from September 16 to September 18.

The exhibition focuses on the “military and civilian integration” of unmanned aerial vehicle industry. Different forces, such as the naval armaments department, weapons, ships, armed police and others, are injected to prosper the industry.

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