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Low-Cost Chinese Drone to be Unveiled at Zhuhai Show

Low-Cost Chinese Drone to be Unveiled at Zhuhai Show

China’s latest domestically produced unmanned aircraft will make its public debut at the biennial Airshow China in Zhuhai, near Hong Kong, this week, taking center stage in a global drone market potentially worth hundreds of millions of U.S. dollars.

The Wing Loong, the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) made by the China Aviation Industry Corp., bears a striking resemblance to the U.S.’s larger MQ-9 Reaper, but is similar in size to its MQ-1 Predator. It weighs 1.1 tons, is nine meters long and has a 14-meter wingspan, according to the Guangzhou-based Southern Metropolis Daily.

It can fly at a maximum altitude of 5,300 meters and has a range of 4,000 kilometers, and can be used for both military and non-military operations.

For the complete story Choi Chi-yuk of the South China Morning Post, click here.

Updated: November 12, 2012 — 10:43 AM

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