Tuesday, June 15, 2010

PLA's UAVs achieve "combat effectiveness"

(Source: China Daily) 2010-06-11

  China's unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have made great strides in recent years, and the W-50 pilotless aircraft, already entered into active service with China People's Liberation Army (PLA) units, have formed "combat effectiveness," China News Agency reported, citing sources from the third China UAVs Expo.

  Fifty-two new drones from 70 military research and mapping institutes, such as W-50 and Z-3 unmanned aircraft, made their debuts at the three-day Expo organized by Aviation Industry Corp of China, Chinese Society of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and the Equipment Department of China PLA Air Force in Beijing. Organizers hope the Expo can serve as a platform for research, production, application, management and trading, the report said.

  The W-50 drone, fitted with CCD cameras and photographic reconnaissance systems, can be used for battlefield surveillance, evaluation of strikes, and other military tasks.

  PLA's 10 UAVs made their debut at the National Day parade in October 2009.

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