China showcases new military UAVs at 2023 Drone Industry Development Conference in Mianyang


On October 4, 2023, the Drone Industry Development Conference took place in Mianyang, Sichuan, a city known as China's "City of Technology." The event attracted nearly 100 domestic companies specializing in drone research, development, and production. These companies showcased over 300 drone exhibits with applications across various sectors, including meteorological monitoring, geological exploration, and the military.
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Drone Industry Development Conference took place in Mianyang, Sichuan, a city known as China's "City of Technology." Top: Twin-Tail Scorpion; Middle: Storm 4; Bottom: CW-15 (Picture source: China Social Media)


One of the key trends observed at the conference was the shift towards precision and lightweight design in military drones. Carbon fiber and other lightweight materials are increasingly being used to enhance portability.

Among the drones introduced was the "Twin-Tail Scorpion," a drone with a height of 3.1 meters and a wingspan of 20 meters. This drone can stay airborne for over 35 hours and comes equipped with two airborne base stations to provide reliable and comprehensive network services on the ground. Notably, this drone was deployed during the 2022 Luding earthquake rescue operation, where it accumulated 32 hours of flight in the three days following the quake, ensuring vital network communication for disaster relief efforts.

Another drone presented was the "Storm 4," which incorporates the country's top-flight control law design technology to enhance its flight stability. This drone is capable of executing dangerous tasks in scenarios like maritime monitoring and electronic pod hanging flights.

Additionally, the CW-15 drone was showcased, featuring a fully independent navigation, obstacle avoidance, and emergency handling system. This drone's autonomous control enables faster and more stable flights, even under challenging conditions like low temperatures, high altitudes, and stormy weather.