Beijing: Adding to its defence structure, China on Sunday added an unmanned helicopter with a maximum take-off weight of 757 kg, was launched from the flight-test centre of the Weifang Tianxiang Aerospace Industry Co. Ltd. in Shandong province in east China.

The chopper hovered for 10 minutes, performing a few manoeuvres before finishing with a stable landing.

The helicopter - model number 'V750' - can fly at a maximum speed of 161 km per hour with a cruising duration of over four hours.

The aircraft can be controlled from within a distance of 150 km or it can be automatically programmed.

The helicopter would be useful in surveillance, search and rescue, and scientific exploration for both military and civilian purposes, said Cheng Shenzong, chairman of the Weifang Tianxiang Aerospace Industry Co. Ltd.

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