China's Tengden unveils three-engined TB001 UAV variant, highlights recent weapons integration work


Date:2020-05-20 Source:Jane's By:Globalmil Viewed:

27 JANUARY 2020 

China’s Sichuan Tengden Technology Company (Tengden) has completed initial testing of a three-engined variant of its medium altitude long endurance (MALE)-class TW328/TB001 ‘Twin-tailed Scorpion’ unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), culminating in what the company claims to be a successful maiden flight on 16 January.
中国四川腾登科技公司(Tengden)已完成其三发动机改体中高空长航时(MALE)级TW328 / TB001“双尾蝎”无人机(UAV)的初步测试,最终该公司宣称于1月16日成功进行了首飞。

According to an industry source, the prototype air vehicle performed an automatic take-off from a civilian airport in southwestern China – understood to be Zigong Fengming General Airport in Sichuan province – at 11 am local time, flying a pre-programmed route that lasted 25 minutes before landing and taxiing autonomously to the airport apron for inspection.

Local media reported that the updated TB001 features an increased maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of 3,200 kg and service ceiling of 31,167 ft (9,500 m), an uptick of 14.3% and 18.75% respectively over the baseline production model. Development of the prototype is understood to have taken Tengden engineers less than six months.
当地媒体报道,更新后的TB001的最大起飞重量(MTOW)增加了3,200公斤,升限增加了31,167英尺(9,500米),分别比基准生产原型增加了14.3%和18.75%。 据了解,腾登公司的工程师用了不到6个月的时间研制出了这一原型。

Company specifications indicate that the three-engined prototype is derived from the same 10 m long and 3.3 m tall twin-boom airframe used for the production-ready TB001 UAV – which has a MTOW of 2,800 kg – with an overall wingspan of 20 m.

Each boom incorporates forward-mounted turbocharged piston engines – reportedly Rotax 914s equipped with three-bladed propellers in a tractor configuration – in each boom, terminating in vertical tails joined by a high-mounted tailplane. The retractable main landing gear is located immediately aft of the engines.
在每个发动机舱中均装有前装式涡轮增压活塞发动机-据报道,Rotax 914型配备牵引配置的三叶螺旋桨)-每侧发动机舱,向后延至垂直尾翼,并由高架尾翼连接。可伸缩的主起落架位于发动机正后方。

The fuselage houses the retractable nose gear, datalink, flight control systems, and mission equipment, with ventral provisions for a stabilised electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) turret and a synthetic aperture radar (SAR) module, as well as other customer-specified payloads.

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