The Chinese company Star UAV System has started serial production of transport unmanned aerial vehicle AT200.
This writes bmpd with reference to Jane’s.
The test drone was conducted in 2017-2018 and was successful, after which the developers started to release AT200. Interest in the new camera has already shown a command of people’s liberation army of China.
Transport drone AT200 developed on the basis of new Zealand’s multi-purpose aircraft PAC P-750 XSTOL. The machine maximum takeoff weight of 3.4 tons is able to transport cargo weighing up to 1.5 tons. The drone can reach speeds of up to 313 kilometers per hour and to perform flights on distance up to 2.2 thousand kilometers. The altitude AT200 is 6.1 thousand meters.
For takeoff and landing UAV to the Chinese, according to the developers, the required runway length of only 200 meters. AT200 can take off and land in automatic mode. AT200 became the world’s first commercially available drone with a capacity of more than one ton.
The first flight tests of the AT200 was held in October 2017. Then the device with the load performed the flight between the airports Puchen NAFO and Danfeng in Shaanxi, and one of the routes took place at the height of 5.1 thousand meters above the Qinling mountains with a strong head and side wind. All flights to the destination and back including unloading at the destination airport, took 4.5 hours.
The project customer AT200 is the second largest Chinese courier company SF Express. She signed with Star UAV System contract for the supply installation of the party of three transport drones. All machines must be delivered to the customer until the end of 2019. In Star UAV Systems, said that he had another contract to supply 50 AT200 to the customer, whose name was not disclosed.