Successful Test Flight of China’s Yilong 2 Reconnaissance-attack UAV


Yilong 2 drone

Yilong 2 drone

Yilong 2 drone

Yilong 2 drone

Yilong 2 drone

Yilong 2 drone

China conducted successful test flight of its Yilong 2 drone, an improved version of Yilong reconnaissance-attack unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) on February 27. According to its chief designer Li Yidong, Yilong 2 is a new generation of reconnaissance-attack drone. The successful test flight of Yilong 2 makes China the second nation after the US to have the ability to develop new generation of reconnaissance-attack drone.

The following are details of the drone:
Length: 11 meters
Wingspan: 20.5 meters
Height: 4.1 meters
Maximum takeoff weight: 4,200 kg
Number of pylons: 6
Maximum speed: 350 km/hour
Minimum speed: 150
Service ceiling: 9,000 meters
Endurance: 20 hours
Takeoff runway length: 1,000 meters
Landing runway length: 1,200 meters

Source: mil.huanqiu.com “Photos taken at the site of the successful test flight of Yilong 2 drone” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)

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