BEIJING ($1=6.93 Chinese language Yuans) — New Chinese language loitering munitions had been launched in China. It’s concerning the FH-901 Bircher suicide drone. This munition was developed by the China Aerospace Science and Expertise Company. A video exhibiting the usage of the FH-901 Bircher was shared on social media.

Watch: China shows copycat of Switchblade loitering munition
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At first look, the FH-901 Bircher is an entire copy of the American loitering munition Switchblade. At the least in look, it’s, however specialists nonetheless chorus from characterizing it as an entire imitation.

The video exhibits the operation of the FH-901 Bircher. A soldier deploys an simply transportable floor mount. Subsequent is launching the drone and deploying its wings [external design and action completely similar to the Switchblade]. The drone detects a tank positioned at a distance from the bottom set up and crashes into it, activating the warhead projectile.

Sources declare that the warhead of the drone weighs solely 3.5 kg, whereas the loitering munition itself is not more than 9 kg. The utmost operational vary of the FH-901 Bircher is 15 km, which makes it very appropriate to be used in city fight situations. In keeping with sources, 60 minutes is the utmost time the munition can fly. 100-150 meters is the utmost top the drone can fly. The utmost pace it could possibly develop is 288 km/h, sources say, whereas the cruising pace is 100 km/h.

If we make a comparability with the American drone Switchblade has technical traits by which each surpasses its opponent. Aside from look, nonetheless, the 2 loitering munitions differ. The Switchblade is available in two variations [Switchblade 300 and Switchblade 600] weighing 2.5kg and 24.7kg respectively. Apparently, the Chinese language drone is designed to be the middleweight between its two American counterparts.

Watch: China shows copycat of Switchblade loitering munition
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There are additionally variations within the most operational strike vary. The FH-901 Bircher beats the Switchblade 300 [10km], however can’t attain the Switchblade 600 model’s 40km vary. Each variations of the American authentic fly at a larger top than 150 meters. As for optimum flight pace, the Chinese language copycat is quicker than each [Switchblade 300 reaches 160 km/h and Switchblade 600 reaches 185 km/h].

At the moment, solely a ground-launched model of the FH-901 Bircher is thought. However sources say China will develop a fighter-launched model.

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