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This is a list of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, or 'drones'), of China. There are further categories and sub-categories following the main, comprehensive list, and some of the UAVs appear in more than one category/ sub-category when they can be classified by more than one. As late of 2010, there are more than a hundred UAV developers/manufacturers currently in China, offering a wide range of UAVs.[1] Majority of Chinese UAVs are unmanned blimps, unmanned helicopters and micro air vehicle (MAV)s

Comprehensive list

This main list including miniature, micro (MAVs), and unmanned combat air vehicles (UCAVs), unmanned blimps, rotary-wing UAVs of the People's Republic of China.

Unmanned blimps

This is a list of unmanned blimps and airships of the People's Republic of China from the main list above.

Unmanned helicopters

This is a list of unmanned helicopters of the People's Republic of China from the main list above, excluding unmanned coaxial helicopters, which are listed separately in their own subcategory. Unmanned helicopters consist of a significant portion of Chinese UAVs and most of these Chinese unmanned helicopters are developed as a direct result of an incident in 2007, when Japanese government arrested three officials of Yamaha Motor Company in early 2007 for exporting nine Yamaha unmanned helicopters to China in 2005, allegedly could be converted to military application from its original crop dusting role. This alleged charge is denied by both Yamaha and China, and Yahama has claimed that these unmanned helicopters only have a range of only 200 meters, or 656 feet, from the person who is controlling them and are therefore unlikely to be used to carry weapons of mass destruction, but the Japanese government nonetheless pressed charges.[2] The action of Japanese government triggered a massive Chinese response in a nation wide effort to develop domestic Chinese unmanned helicopters to replace those imported from Japan, including the rapid acceleration of existing unmanned helicopters in China. The massive nation wide effort has resulted in more than a hundred domestic Chinese unmanned helicopters, most of which are completed by integrating existing commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) airframes with COTS autopilots and flight control systems (FCS). Eventually these Chinese unmanned helicopters evolved into models with all subsystems such airframe and flight control systems indigenously developed in China.[3]

Coaxial unmanned helicopters

This is the list of unmanned coaxial helicopters of the People's Republic of China from the main list above.

Multirotors

This is a list of unmanned multirotors of the People's Republic of China from the main list above.

Tricopters

This is a list of unmanned tricopters of the People's Republic of China from the main list above.

Quadcopters

This is a list of unmanned quadcopters of the People's Republic of China from the main list above.

Hexacopters

This is a list of unmanned hexacopters of the People's Republic of China from the main list above.

Octocopters

This is a list of unmanned octocopters of the People's Republic of China from the main list above.

V/STOL UAVs

This is a list of V/STOL UAVs of the People's Republic of China from the main list above.

Micro air vehicles

This is a list of unmanned micro air vehicles (MAV) of the People's Republic of China from the main list above. Majority of Chinese fixed- and rotary-wing UAVs are MAVs.

Jet-powered UAVs

This is a list of jet-powered (including rocket powered) UAVs of the People's Republic of China from the main list above.

Experimental UAVs

This is a list of unmanned experimental UAVs of the People's Republic of China from the main list above.

For aircraft carrier operation research

This is a list of unmanned experimental UAVs of the People's Republic of China the from the main list above, and they are developed to explore the technologies necessary for aircraft carrier landing for ship-borne aircraft.

For stealth research

This is a list of unmanned experimental UAVs of the People's Republic of China the from the main list above, and they are developed to explore the stealth technologies and associated flight control systems, particularly those of flying wing design.

Jointed wing design

This is the list of UAVs of jointed wing design of the People's Republic of China from the main list above.

Powered paragliders

This is the list of unmanned powered paragliders of the People's Republic of China from the main list above.

Twin engine UAVs

This is the list of twin engine UAVs of the People's Republic of China from the main list above.

UAVs in twin boom design

In addition to conventional layout, twin boom design is the second highest number of layout adopted by Chinese UAVs, and this is the list of UAVs in twin boom design of the People's Republic of China from the main list above.

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