Development on the WZ-2000 began in 1999. A mock up of the WZ-2000 was publicly displayed at the 2000 Zhuhai Airshow, with a more accurate model on display at the 2002 event. First flight was on 26 December 2003, and there is sketchy news that an improved version, possibly designated the WZ-2000B, was due to fly at the end of 2005.
The UAV is powered by a single WS-11 turbofan engine which sits on top of the empennage between the two V-shaped tail fins. The fins are canted at approximately 40°. The sensor package includes thermal imaging camera, synthetic aperture radar, with images transmitted via a satellite communications antenna in the nose bulge.
- Capacity: 80 kg (176 lb) payload
- Length: 7.5 m (24 ft 7 in)
- Wingspan: 9.8 m (32 ft 2 in)
- Max takeoff weight: 1,700 kg (3,748 lb)
- Powerplant: 1 × WS-11 turbofan, 16.9 kN (3,800 lbf) thrust
- Maximum speed: 800 km/h (497 mph; 432 kn)
- Range: 2,400 km (1,491 mi; 1,296 nmi)
- Combat range: 800 km (497 mi; 432 nmi)
- Endurance: 3 hours
- Service ceiling: 17,983 m (59,000 ft)</ul>Armament
- At least 2 × KD2 air-to-surface missiles
- Additional number of ZD1 precision-guided bombs
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