V750 Unmanned Helicopter Can Rival US Counterparts

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Shiny and purple. It may look like a baddy chopper from an 80s TV movie made in a Foxconn factory, but it's China's latest flying machine, the V750. And it means the Chinese's aerospace industry is maturing dangerously quickly.

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At least for the liking of the United States' defense companies, who are seeing how the Chinese are advancing at a pace that few thought possible, despite their initial troubles in getting some parts right. They are quickly moving from copying everything to introducing their own designs and innovations, and it's only going to get better for them.

The V750 looks as large as the Northrop Grumman MQ-8 Fire Scout, and it is capable of travelling farther (500 vs 200 kilometers) while carrying almost the same load (80 vs 90 kilograms). The Chinese just tried it in Shangdong, and apparently it worked just fine.

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They say it is designed for "peaceful" operations, like transport and surveillance, but it obviously could be modified for other less friendly tasks. While the V750 is not the largest unmanned helicopter in the world—that's probably Lockheed Martin and Kaman Aerospace's K-MAX transport UAV, capable of carrying 1,500 pounds of cargo at 12,000 feet—it's quite a serious bird.

One more reason to sign up for those Mandarin lessons.

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hayden0103
Walternate

This is totally off-topic, but you know what name I love? I love the name "Northrop Grumman". It just sounds badass. Like, if you work for Northrop Grumman, and somebody asks you, and you say "I work for Northrop Grumman," it doesn't matter if they know that Northrop Grumman is a defense contractor or not. You just got eighteen cool points for working for a company with that name. They could manufacturer septic systems for all it matters. It's an awesome name. And once people find out that Northrop Grumman makes f*cking aircraft carriers and autonomous helicopters and not toilets, you get thirty-nine more cool points for that.