In recent times and as a sign of its growing power, the Chinese nation has been boasting new weapons, some that seem out of this world Called “Super Great White Shark” by local media.
The ship evokes images of the science fiction of the 1950s rather than the technology of the 21st century. However, China claims that its “armed helicopter” was designed for “the field of digital battle of the future ».
The state tabloid Global Times published an image gallery of the new toy, explaining its striking appearance as a fusion of modern helicopter designs – such as Americans AH-64 Apache and CH-53 Sea Stallion, or Russians Ka-52 and Mi -26—. It also has a mix of wing designs used by stealth aircraft, including the famous B-2 bomber.
The Super Great White Shark is 7.6 meters long and almost 3 meters high, with space on board for two crew members. The schemes show that its outer shell covers the rotors and motors, which would presumably give the helicopter its stealth capacity, since each acute angle would be covered, making them difficult to detect for the radar.
The prototype was recently exhibited in Tianjin, although there was no sample of its capabilities and the helicopter remained parked on the ground.
If the test flights are successful, it would not be the first time that a helicopter inspired by the sightings of flying saucers takes off.
In the 1950s, the Canadian company AV Roe (Avro) Aircraft developed a similar piece, which was eventually built and tested by the US military. However, the saucer-shaped helicopter (Vz9 Avrocar) turned out to be unstable when rising more than one meter from the ground, and could only reach a speed of 56 kilometers per hour – less than the minimum speed on a road.
Despite their very poor performance, models such as Avrocar were used by the pseudo-skeptics and misinformers of the UFO issue to try to explain the waves that occurred in the middle of the last century, in what is known as the military hypothesis.