Wednesday, October 07, 2009
A previously unknown Chinese UAV
The Chinese blogosphere has been buzzing about the photo release of a previously unknown UAV (operational?). Its high-aspect ratio wings clearly suggest a high-attitude surveillance mission profile. Simultaneously, the Chinese are impressed by the performance of the US UAV in the Af-Pak Theater and have been busy cloning both the US MQ-9 Reaper and the RQ-4 Global Hawk.
According to a recent PLA daily article, all PLA UAV units are considered strategic assets and placed under the direct command of the 2nd department, General Staff Department of the CMC. This indicates the importance of UAV development for Chinese defense planners.
Tianchi and WingLong UAV