The BZK-005 is China’s medium/high altitude long range reconnaissance UAV developed in the early 2000s by the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Harbin Aviation Industrial Group (HAIG) for medium/high altitude long range strategic reconnaissance missions, including maritime surveillance. The PLAN version of the aircraft has reportedly been dubbed Sea Eagle.
At Zhuhai International Airshow 2006, video and models were demonstrated to the public regarding this UAV. BZK-005 has a few stealth features integrated into its design. It is believed that a satellite data link antenna is held in its large upper body dome. Under the body there are optic-electric sensor systems. It is expected that BZK-005 has cruising speed of around 170 km/h, service ceiling 8,000 m, max takeoff weight is around 1,200 kg, max payload over 150 kg.
- Endurance (hr): > 40
- Cruise speed (km/hr): 150 – 180
- Ceiling (km): 8
- Normal operational altitude (km): 5 – 7
- Max takeoff weight (t): 1.25
- Payload (kg): 150
- Launch and recovery: taxiing
- Takeoff distance (m): 600
- Landing distance (m): 500