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Combat Chinese Drone - First Flight

Fri Nov 22, 2013 12:21 pm

Reports emerged about the first flight of a new Chinese combat drone kncknamed "Sharp Sword".

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-25033155

It is reported elsewhere to be built by Shenyang Airctaft Co., and looks design for stealth protection from the front only.
The overall shape is similar to other Western designs, although the air intake reminds of the BAE Taranis.
 
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RE: Combat Chinese Drone - First Flight

Fri Nov 22, 2013 6:19 pm

China tends to take the best parts of various planes and combine them into one design.

2 flying stealth designs, and first flight of a proper UCAV... they have come along way, reguardless of where the design inspiration comes from.
 
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RE: Combat Chinese Drone - First Flight

Fri Nov 22, 2013 8:45 pm

The next major war between the big nations will probably be fought for a large part in outer space or in cyberspace. Drones, the Chinese ballistic anti-aircraft carrier missile and modern navigation and communication systems all need satellites for communications or observations. Once these or their data links have been destroyed, the drones and missiles are just so much scrap metal.
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