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Again. Little tin ones?
By David Rose,
San Diego, California
|We all remember the ‘40’s
and 50’s – right? And all the tin utensils and
toys coming in from a war torn, devastated Japan.
joked about it, we used the derogatory term “Made in
Japan” when referring to inferior products. Turn them
inside out and you found they had been made with Coke cans
and other scrap materials.
It didn’t last long though and aided by massive economic
assistance from the U.S. the industrious peoples of Japan soon
rebuilt their economy as well as their society. Quality goods
began arriving on our shores and taking over from our own manufacturers.
The ancient Samurai culture of the Japanese people gave way
to a new capitalistic society which triumphed over the destruction
of their peoples and homeland.
There is another Asian culture
emerging from it’s ancient heritage, burgeoning on to
the twenty first century, eager to take it’s place in
the modernity of advanced nations, driven not just by it’s
all controlling government, but by the will of it’s massive
Having capitalized on a depth of culture, and profited
by an industrious nature, the peoples of China have staked
claim to a large segment of the markets and industries of the
world. Our interests of course are in aviation, so what about
our subject UAV’s ? The Chinese are not neglecting any
part of aviation, and particularly UAV’s. They, as do
many nations, believe air vehicles of the near future will,
for the most part, be ‘Unmanned Air Vehicles’.
for years Chinese UAV programs appeared to simply mirror U.S.
models like their Tianchi copy of our own Global Hawk. They were
lagging in advancements by several years when compared with the
rest of the world.
were characterized as “Little Tin” UAV’s
like the little tin toys from post war Japan. A year or two
ago I would have been deriding their little tin UAV’s
with comparisons of their inadequacies and shortcomings.
wide development of UAV’s has to be caricaturized as
intense. Large UAV programs are sucking up money from every
budget. Military and civil UAV’s are appearing for every
application and recent trade shows are proving China to be
an eager participant in UAV development.
|The latest Chinese UAV’s are far
from mirror images of any nations programs.
|Projects like ‘Dark Sword’,
and the WZ-5 have emerged
Today, advanced, state of the art UAV’s in a variety of configurations
for civil programs such as agricultural, and security are emerging from China’s
research and development centers like Xian’s Northwest Polytechnic University
and Nanjing Universities of Aeronautics and Astronautics in Beijing.
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advanced UAV and Drone programs at:
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