China Unveils Flying Saucer-Shaped Attack Helicopter Concept at Helicopter Expo

China has unveiled a flying saucer-shaped high-speed attack helicopter concept, dubbed Super Great White Shark, at the 5th China Helicopter Exposition (CHE 2019) in Tianjin.

The 7.6-meter-long aircraft features a blended wing body design with the aircraft itself forming a wide ring with its cockpit placed in the center, which can accommodate two pilots.

Vertical lift is provided by a coaxial rotor system with a diameter of 4.9 meters positioned inside the ring-shaped fuselage. The aircraft also has two small jet engines placed on either side which provides horizontal thrust for high-speed forward flight.

The rotorcraft is steered by controlling a set of rudders located under the coaxial rotor system. The rudders could also work with the rotor system to provide a small horizontal thrust for low-speed flight.

The helicopter has a maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) of 6,000 kg, a top speed of 650 km/h, a ceiling of 6,000 m and a climb rate of 16.5 m/s. It will have a ferry range of 2950 km.

A scaled prototype of the aircraft is scheduled to make its maiden flight at the 2020 edition of Airshow China in Zhuhai, South China’s Guangdong Province, according to a CCTV report.

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