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Meet China's New Spy Plane (With An Austrian Body)

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posted on Mar, 17 2016 @ 01:04 PM
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Meet China's New Spy Plane (With An Austrian Body)

That's a funky looking plane. Reminds me of a mosquito.

The article says that China will be using these for maritime patrol and oil spills?

I didn't know China had so many oil spills. lol

Anyone have any more info?


CSA-003 Scout

CETCS builds the mission avionics for a family of light surveillance planes using the Diamond DA42, the CSA-003 Scout is the ELINT variant. It has electronic signal gathering pods, processing systems, satellite uplinks and options for a nose-mounted infrared/EO camera turret.









Wingtips

Electronic intelligence pods, such as these seen on the J-16 D, intercept enemy electronic signals like radar transmissions, for processing either with the aircraft's computer, or to other networked assets, to better understand and fight hostile electronic activity.




posted on Mar, 17 2016 @ 01:49 PM
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a reply to: grey580

Someone in Reykjavik has one of the diesel-engined DA42's and flies it out of the city airport.

Every time I've heard that thing buzz over Laugavegur and out towards the bay, sounding like a pair of pissed off Jetta TDI's, I find myself coveting it in a way I have never before coveted a prop-powered GA aircraft.

(Well, that's a lie. Raytheon was HQ'd near where I grew up, and I remember seeing all the Beechcraft Starships howling overhead, sounding like giant Cessna Skymasters. The love was real. The first Lake Amphibian that I saw was also up there...)
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posted on Mar, 17 2016 @ 01:56 PM
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I clicked on this thread expecting to see a aircraft that lookes like it came from the 22nd century, and one a whole lot bigger and meaner looking than this piddly little thing .

The world powers will still be sleeping soundly in their beds after viewing this



posted on Mar, 17 2016 @ 02:15 PM
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a reply to: stonerwilliam

You'd say that about the U-2 as well and yet...



posted on Mar, 17 2016 @ 02:26 PM
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a reply to: stonerwilliam

It's not so much the plane.

But what it carries.



posted on Mar, 17 2016 @ 02:27 PM
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if you put 4 people in that thing would it fly for more than 10 minutes without needing gas?



posted on Mar, 17 2016 @ 02:32 PM
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a reply to: PhantomTwo


Click the map at your departure point.
Note: Map is not for navigational purposes. Assumes no reserve, no wind, extended range tanks.

Power (%) Range (nm) Time (hrs) Speed (kts)
80 929 5.5 169
60 1110 7.4 150
50 1273 8.78 145

www.diamondaircraft.com...



posted on Mar, 17 2016 @ 02:33 PM
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a reply to: grey580

It looks like it would struggle to carry the weeks shopping home from the supermarket , i have been in the back of things like that buzzing down a grass runway , thinking to myself what the heck am i doing in this pile of crap



posted on Mar, 17 2016 @ 02:36 PM
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a reply to: stonerwilliam


The DA42 MPP achieves a peak range of distance at 1,452km and a maximum altitude of 5,486m. It has a maximum endurance of 12 hours."

www.airforce-technology.com...

900 miles at 18,000 feet, and 12 hour endurance.
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posted on Mar, 17 2016 @ 02:46 PM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

that's much better than I ever would have guessed.



posted on Mar, 17 2016 @ 02:47 PM
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a reply to: PhantomTwo

It was designed with an incredibly efficient engine. It burns 10-11 gph depending on power setting.



posted on Mar, 17 2016 @ 02:50 PM
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originally posted by: grey580
a reply to: stonerwilliam

It's not so much the plane.

But what it carries.


I take it there will be rip offs of this plane by the thousand on ebay soon knowing the Chinese and what they think of patents and the law



posted on Mar, 17 2016 @ 02:53 PM
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a reply to: stonerwilliam

It's already for sale all over. It's quite popular.



posted on Mar, 17 2016 @ 02:54 PM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

Didn't diamond aircraft go bankrupt fairly recently?



posted on Mar, 17 2016 @ 02:58 PM
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a reply to: Barnalby

No, but they hit some really rough patches and finally killed the D-Jet a couple years ago. They thought they were going to, but managed not to. Unless it was within the last few months.



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