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A “UFO” shaped helicopter

publicado a la‎(s)‎ 17 oct 2019, 11:51 por Plataforma Sites Dgac   [ actualizado el 25 ago 2020, 12:52 ]
China built an experimental helicopter model that looks like a “flying saucer.”
Photograph of the Chinese helicopter prototype that looks like a "UFO."
(Source Univisión/Getty Images).
On October 10, 2019, China revealed a war helicopter prototype with a circular shape that reminds of a “UFO,” during the Fifth Helicopters Expo that took place in Tianjin.

The “Super Great White Shark” has an uncommon circular design, can carry two people, shoot missiles and be invisible to some radars.

Its builders have scheduled its first flight for next year.

The prototype was developed by the state company Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC). It could fly at a speed of 640 kilometers per hour and reach an altitude of 6,1 kilometers.

According to the state newspaper Global Times, the experimental helicopter has a covering of materials that can make it stealthy and its build as a wide metal ring with a cockpit at the center. Inside the ring there’s a propeller and it also has two turboreactor engines to be able to move during the flight.

The machine is 7,62 meters long and almost 3 meters wide.

Even though it catches the eye because of its shape, it’s not the first time that a prototype with “flying saucer” shape has been built. At the end of the 1950 decade, Canadian company Avro built two prototypes with those characteristics as part of a secret American project during the first years of the Cold War.

The “Avrocar”, as it was commonly called, became unstable when it raised above an altitude of one meter and it only flew at 56,3 miles per hour, so it was discarded.

Only in the last year, China assigned 173,000 million dollars to military expenses, so it’s the second country with the highest war investments after the United States.

Source: Univisión.