On November 5th, 2014, Zhuhai Lonhua Helicopters Technology Co., Ltd. was founded as a joint venture company by Loncin Motor Co., Ltd., Professor Wang Haowen from School of Aerospace Engineering of Tsinghua University, Leaguer Group Co., Ltd. and Tsinghua Science Park Venture Capital Co., Ltd. It is mainly engaged in R&D, manufacturing and sales of unmanned aerial vehicles (unmanned helicopters).
The overall design of UAV relies on Tsinghua University and Research Institute of Tsinghua University in Shenzhen. The UAV team from School of Aerospace Engineering of Tsinghua University has been working in the fields of helicopter preliminary design, helicopter dynamics and flight control for years. They have achieved multiple national helicopter projects with advanced design technology and extensive experiences of engineering.
The R&D and manufacturing of the engine system is based on Loncin Motor Co., Ltd., which is the leader among the manufacturing enterprises of thermal power and other related products. And the manufacturer has the mass production manufacturing capability of advanced piston engines with high power-to-weight ratio and a sound quality management system.
Presently, Lonhua has constructed the three types of industrial oil-powered helicopters under the XV series platform.
Among them, the XV - 2 Agriculture UAV is one of the world's largest of the same type at present. Through the BVR autonomous flight path, the XV - 2 operation efficiency can reach 200 mu (13 ha) per hour. Realizing small-scale production, the XV - 2 helicopter has successively carried out formal plant protection operations in Harbin, Inner Mongolia, and Xinjiang for various crops such as rice, potatoes, peanuts, cotton, etc., over thousands of hours.
The XV-3 heavy-payload and Multipurpose UAV can complete complex flight tasks under the environment with limited take-off area. XV-3 can be used in the fields of surveillance, fire extinguishing, transportation, emergency rescue and so on. At present, it has entered the catalogue of weapons and equipment procurement.
The XV-5 Long-Endurance and Multipurpose UAV is a major scientific research achievement that the company has been developing independently for long endurance. XV-5 can be widely used in the fields of investigation, patrol inspection, environmental detection, geological prospecting surveying and mapping, communication relay and so on. XV-5 is one of the most competitive long-endurance unmanned helicopter in China at present.
The hovering endurance of XV-5 is up to 4 hours and 50 minutes. XV-5 has the ability to mount (10 - 20) kg of mission equipment to carry out long-endurance flight operations.