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Analysis: China exhibits advanced drones in military parade


China has celebrated 70 years of Communist party rule with a military parade showcasing the country’s technology, including some UAV's.


China exhibits advanced drones in military parade 02WZ-8 high-altitude reconnaissance drone (Picture source: news.cn)


The weaponry includes reconnaissance drones in multi-range and multi-altitude areas.

Among them, a high-altitude high-speed reconnaissance drone, the only all black-coating UAV in the parade, made public appearance for the first time.

The phalanx showcases the new-type combat force in the future warfare and all these aerial armaments reviewed are domestically-developed, said Dang Dongxing, a military official of one of the phalanxes, noting that China's unmanned combat armaments are close to or have reached the world leading level in some aspects.

The hypersonic  WZ-8 UAV was unveiled. It could likely be able to fly at a high-supersonic speed and have stealth capabilities, military analysts said. They added that the new drone has small wings and is shaped like a dagger. It is meant to be launched in the air via a bomber or transport aircraft.

The drone could provide more reliable reconnaissance data than satellites. The biggest advantage of the drone is that it can effectively gather intelligence in real time in a controllable way compared to other platforms like satellites, Wu Jian, editor of Defense Weekly under Shanghai-based Xinmin Evening News, was quoted as saying by Global Times.


China exhibits advanced drones in military parade 04 GongJi GJ-11 stealth attack drone (Picture source: news.cn)


Another new piece of kit on display in Beijing was the GJ-11 long-range stealth attack drone, which is based on the American-made B-2 strategic bomber, and is designed to strike targets deep in enemy territory without being detected. China says all of the technology on display Tuesday is already in active service


China exhibits advanced drones in military parade 05  Wing Loong II (Picture source: news.cn)


The Wing Loong II is an improved version of the Wing Loong 1 UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) in the category of MALE (Medium-Altitude Long-Endurance) designed and manufactured in China by the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC).

The Wing Loong II UAV MALE is developed primarily for the export market and is intended for surveillance and aerial reconnaissance missions. It can be fitted with a variety of weapons to perform combat and strike missions. The Wing Loong UAV is remotely controlled by one operator from the mobile ground control station using the consoles. The control station receives payload information from the UAV via a data communications link and sends back command and control, as well as mission planning data to the air vehicle.