China sticks AK-47s onto drones to challenge US dominance

China sticks AK-47s onto drones to challenge US dominance

China has rolled out its huge stealth drones and smaller unmanned aircraft, which it says could be armed with AK-47s or any weapon your client wants, because the national country gets prepared to vie for a share of the US-dominated UAV market.

earlier this week among other exhibits at the China Airshow

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The drones were unveiled, the country’s main aerospace industry exhibition, held in the southern city of Zhuhai.

Grabbing the visitors’ attention was the brand new CH-7 or Caihong (Rainbow)-7 stealth combat drone. With a wingspan of 22 meters (72 feet), it’s bigger than modern attack jets and is reported to be with the capacity of traveling at speeds of over 800 km/h (almost 500 mph) at altitudes as high as 13,000 m (over 46,000 ft).

These are far just numbers in some recoverable format so, however, year since CH-7 is only going to perform its maiden flight next. Nonetheless, the principle engineer of the Caihong program at the state-owned China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), Shi Wen, has recently told AFP he is “convinced that with this particular product clients will begin to e mail us.”

The Chinese developers insist that Caihong-7 is founded on their very own technologies and ideas, but experts pointed out that it has many similarities in its characteristics and appearance with the American X-47B drone.

The Chinese Ziyan company, which had a favorite stand at Zhuhai also, makes smaller drones and says it’s prepared to fulfill some of its foreign buyers’ demands.

 The ongoing company showcased its headline product, a 62 cm (2 ft) tall helicopter drone encased in light, but sturdy Kevlar armor called Blowfish A2.

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“We are able to add an AK-47 or perhaps a machine gun. Different weapons could be installed, regardless of the customer wants,” Wu Xiaozhen, Ziyan’s overseas project director, said.

Wu assured AFP of the “great quality” of its UAV, saying: “We have been targeting Western markets, too. We don’t fear competition from the Europeans and the Americans.”

 CASC said it has clients in a few 10 countries around the world currently. But Shi refused to provide any true names, saying that “some things remain sensitive.”

It was reported earlier a Chinese CH-4 drone was utilized by the Iraqi military to conduct at the very least 260 strikes contrary to the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorist group.

 The UAE also reportedly targeted a Houthi rebel commander with a Chinese drone through the ongoing conflict in Yemen.

Chinese ambitions to rival the Americans on the international drone market are boosted not merely by the cheaper prices of its unmanned aircraft but additionally by the restrictions on exporting the UAVs introduced by Washington over fears that US technologies may be copied.

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