The Central People's Government of the People's Republic of China

06/13/2024 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 06/12/2024 21:00

China's HH-100 commercial unmanned transport system demonstrator completes maiden flight

A demonstrator of China's HH-100 aerial commercial unmanned transportation system is pictured during its maiden flight at a general aviation airport in Xi'an, northwest China's Shaanxi Province, June 12, 2024. [AVIC/Handout via Xinhua]

XI'AN, June 12 -- A demonstrator of China's HH-100 aerial commercial unmanned transportation system on Wednesday completed a successful maiden flight, the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) announced.

The HH-100 demonstrator conducted its first flight at a general aviation airport in Xi'an, northwest China's Shaanxi Province, said the AVIC, the country's leading aircraft manufacturer.

HH-100 was independently developed by AVIC XAC Commercial Aircraft Co., Ltd. in Xi'an, an AVIC subsidiary in Shaanxi Province. It has two major parts, namely an unmanned aerial vehicle and a ground-based command-and-control station.

During the flight, the demonstrator produced a stable performance and completed all test-flight requirements, with its relevant systems working well, said the AVIC.

HH-100 features multiple advantages such as low cost and high payload. It has a designed maximum take-off weight of 2,000 kilograms, a payload capacity of 700 kilograms and a full-weight range of 520 kilometers, according to the developer.

Its maximum cruise speed is 300 kilometers per hour, and it has a service ceiling of 5,000 meters. It is a cargo-focused aerial vehicle and has the capacity to carry approximately 4 cubic meters of cargo.

HH-100 will be capable of serving effective, connected air-ground transportation, according to its developer.

In addition to the roles it will serve in regional air logistics, it will also be able to meet demand from forest and grassland firefighting work, the delivery of relief materials, emergency relay communication, and weather modification.

Targeting the booming low-altitude economy, a series of large, intelligent, low-cost and reliable commercial unmanned transportation aerial systems are being planned, the AVIC said.

A demonstrator of China's HH-100 aerial commercial unmanned transportation system is pictured at a general aviation airport in Xi'an, northwest China's Shaanxi Province, June 12, 2024. [AVIC/Handout via Xinhua]