This Real-Life Flying Saucer Will Change Flight Forever
China showcases a prototype military stealth helicopter that looks like a UFO from old sci-fi movies.
Its length is 7.6 m, its height is almost 3 m, and two crew members can be accommodated on board in the center. As shown in the drawings, the outer cover completely hides the rotors and motors, making the aircraft less visible..
The circular shape also makes it difficult for radar to detect the helicopter. Similar technology is used in stealth aircraft..
The developers claim that the project provides for the installation of on-board weapon systems in the future..
Celestial media dubbed the prototype «Super large white shark» and they say that it combines proven design solutions for American and Russian helicopters.
Only the static model was presented at the Tianjin exhibition, since the project is under development.
If successful, it will become the first round helicopter, since the previous similar device, developed by the Canadian company AV Roe Aircraft in the 50s, was slow and could not stably rise above a meter above the ground..
As a reminder, scientists have also recently developed a microscopic engraved metal coating that makes fighters, ships and other equipment invisible to radars..
text: Ilya Bauer, photo: Global Times