Wing Loong-2H, a large-sized UAV developed by AVIC (航空工业), was deployed to assist with rescue efforts in an area of northwestern China that was hit by an earthquake.
A 6.2-magnitude quake hit the Linxia Hui Autonomous Prefecture in Gansu Province on December 18, killing 127 people so far and injuring more than 500.
On December 19, a Wing Loong-2H drone, laden with reconnaissance and communication mounts, took off from an airport in Zigong of southwestern Sichuan Province, and arrived in the skies over Jishishan County, the epicenter of the quake.
It beamed back real-time images of the quake-stricken area to the command center some 900km away in Sichuan for analysis.
Visual data enabled emergency response personnel to assess the damage, devise a rescue plan and coordinate the relief effort.
cnrobopedia reported earlier that the Wing Loong series has a load capacity of 200kg and a lift of 6km.
With a maximum speed of 280kph, it can remain airborne for 20 hours and has a range of 4,000 km.
Designed to withstand winds on a Beaufort scale of eight to 10, it is capable of carrying out disaster reconnaissance and emergency telecom service missions.
Wing Loong-2H has been put to the test in the wake of multiple disasters in recent years, such as the floods that ravaged Zhengzhou in 2021 and the earthquake that jolted Luding of southwestern Sichuan in 2022.
The presence of Wing Loong-2H lent support to frontline rescue effort as it solved the issue of “information silo” and restored access to the affected areas cut off by torn roads, power outage and crippled internet, Chinese media reported.