The hottest laser rainbow 10 tilt rotor UAV and it

2022-08-13
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Laser: guess and analysis of the use of rainbow 10 tilt rotor UAV and its subsequent models

[article/observer columnist laser]

at the 12th China Zhuhai International Aerospace Expo (Zhuhai Air Show) held from November 6 to 11, Caihong company of the 11th Academy of Aerospace Science and Technology Group continued to be the focus of attention according to the type of monomer. On the whole, the exhibits they exhibited this time can be divided into two categories: one is the old products that have appeared before, and the further upgrading on the basis of the atmospheric and beautiful appearance of the existing products; The other is the new technologies and products that make their debut. In the latter category, in addition to the attack UAV rainbow-7 with large flying wing layout, it is the first tilt rotor UAV in China, rainbow-10

rainbow-10 tilt rotor UAV, image source: collected by the author, the same below

the so-called tilt rotor aircraft is similar to the fixed wing aircraft in shape, but two turboprop engines with large-diameter propellers are installed on the two wingtips. When taking off and landing, the engine is upward, and the two pairs of screw propellers act as two pairs of small-diameter rotors in horizontal rows, making the aircraft take off and land vertically like a helicopter; After take-off, the two engines tilt forward and turn to the horizontal state. In this state, the two propellers are equivalent to two oversized propellers, so that the aircraft can fly horizontally like an ordinary propeller fixed wing aircraft

at present, the only tilt rotor aircraft in the world that has been put into use is the U.S. V-22, which is widely used in the U.S. military because it has the vertical take-off and landing capability of helicopters, the high speed of fixed wing propeller aircraft (the maximum flight speed of the aircraft is 509 kilometers, which is the fastest helicopter in the world) and low fuel consumption

because the V-22 is mainly used in the U.S. military as an alternative model of transport helicopters such as CH-46 "sea Knight" and CH-47 "zhinugan" to carry out personnel and cargo transportation tasks, many people are imagining the possibility of developing a larger manned deflection rotor aircraft on the basis of the rainbow-10 tilt rotor UAV after its debut in Zhuhai

in my opinion, it is necessary to develop a large manned rotary wing aircraft like V-22, but combined with other exhibits displayed by rainbow company this time, I think the more practical use of the subsequent practical model of rainbow-10 is likely to be at sea

as we all know, at present, China has two aircraft carriers, one is the Liaoning, which was commissioned in 2012, and the other has been completed and has not been officially commissioned. These two aircraft carriers adopt the ski jump take-off mode, and are not equipped with catapults. This has brought great trouble to equip these two aircraft carriers with fixed wing aircraft such as early warning aircraft and anti submarine aircraft - in order to take off by sliding, the Soviet an-72 carrier based early warning aircraft was installed with three engines, but it was too heavy to board the ship, and the jacques-44 carrier based early warning aircraft did not even have a prototype

it is for this reason that China's early warning aircraft and anti submarine aircraft equipped for the aircraft carrier Liaoning use helicopter flight platforms. This has greatly restricted the early warning and anti submarine capability of Liaoning

the characteristics of tilt rotor aircraft can solve this problem. On the one hand, it can take off and land vertically like a helicopter, thus bypassing the ski jump takeoff problem of an aircraft without a catapult and without a afterburner; On the other hand, it has the flight speed and blank time similar to ordinary propeller aircraft, which is exactly what special mission aircraft such as early warning aircraft and anti submarine aircraft need

because the amphibious assault ship belonging to the U.S. Marine Corps is not equipped with catapults, E-2 cannot take off and land on the amphibious assault ship. The U.S. Marine Corps had planned to develop an early warning aircraft based on V-22 to make up for its lack of air early warning capability. After China has mastered the key technology of tilt rotor UAV, can we also solve the problem of carrier based early warning aircraft and anti submarine aircraft of Chinese Navy aircraft carrier in this way? Judging from the exhibits on display at the Zhuhai Air Show, the answer is yes

the U.S. Marine Corps plans to develop a carrier based early warning aircraft based on V-22: ev-22

from the display of rainbow 10 by rainbow company at the Zhuhai Air Show, this is already a mature shelf product. This means that the core technology of tilt rotor aircraft has been developed by rainbow company 3 It meets the national gt/t2611 "general technical conditions of experimental machines" and the national metrological verification regulation jjg139 "tensile force, pressure and universal experimental machines". There are no unsolvable difficulties for rainbow company to manufacture larger tilt rotor aircraft

rainbow company is fully capable of building a 3-4 ton tilt rotor UAV Based on rainbow-10 technology. This level is equivalent to the rainbow-3/4 series UAV previously launched by rainbow company. This time, the rainbow-4 and rainbow-5 UAVs brought by rainbow company are equipped with sea search radar under the belly, which can monitor the sea situation in a wide range

if this radar can be installed on such a 4-ton tilt rotor UAV, and then equipped with magnetic detectors, sonar buoy projection devices and anti submarine missiles, we can obtain an anti submarine UAV that can be used on ships, and its performance will be much better than the zhi18 anti submarine aircraft used on the Jianing, a general soft packaging consumer factory in Liaoning Province

the rainbow-4/5 participating in the exhibition is equipped with sea search radar

at the Zhuhai Air Show, CETC 38 exhibited an unmanned early warning system called jy-300. The biggest feature of this early warning aircraft system is the elimination of the radome. Through a series of advanced technologies such as intelligent skin and conformal antenna, it realizes the integration of radar antenna and body, which is very suitable for installation on UAV. If this system is installed on the aforementioned 4-ton tilt rotor UAV, a high-performance unmanned early warning aircraft that can be used on board can be obtained

jy-300 unmanned air early warning and monitoring system exhibited by CETC 38

with these two aircraft, Liaoning and the new domestic aircraft carrier can make up for the shortcomings in the fields of air early warning and anti submarine, so as to truly give play to the combat effectiveness of 60000 ton large aircraft carrier. This will be of great significance to the construction of China's maritime power

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