China’s Wing Loong-2H drone debuts cloud seeding in Guizhou

The news from IT Home on March 10th states that according to the official Weibo account of Aviation Industry Corporation of China, the domestically developed “Wing Loong”-2H meteorological unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) successfully conducted its first artificial rain enhancement operation in the western region of Guizhou Province.

It is reported that this is the first time the “Wing Loong”-2H meteorological UAV has completed an artificial rain enhancement operation in Guizhou Province. During this mission, the “Wing Loong”-2H took off from the Yuezhaoshan Airport in Liupanshui at 10:00 on the same day, flying for nearly 5 hours. The operational area covered Bijie, Liupanshui, Anshun, and other regions in Guizhou Province.

Official sources mentioned that the UAV will continue its operations on a regular basis. The focus of the operations will be on key areas for grain production, ecological restoration, protection zones, and critical river basins. This initiative can effectively alleviate the adverse effects of drought-related weather disasters, improve soil moisture conditions, and create favorable conditions for spring agricultural production.

Upon further investigation by IT Home, it was found that the “Wing Loong”-2H meteorological UAV used in this artificial rain enhancement operation is a large-scale meteorological UAV system developed based on the original “Wing Loong-2” UAV system. The UAV is 11 meters long, 4.1 meters high, with a wingspan of 20.5 meters, a maximum speed of 370 km/h, a flight endurance of 32 hours, a maximum takeoff weight of 4200 kilograms, and a service ceiling of 9900 meters.

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