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Chinese "Dark Sword" Drone

Thu Jun 07, 2018 3:16 am

We have talked in-depth about how China is barreling forward with advanced unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) development—and this is just based on what the Chinese government wants us to see. Now a new photo has surfaced that appears to show a full-sized 'Dark Sword' UCAV. The concept has been talked about and shown in renderings and models for over a decade and a subscale remote controlled demonstrator was supposedly flown as well. But this is the first time evidence of a far more mature and substantive iteration of Dark Sword has been seen.

Dark Sword, which originates from Shenyang Aircraft Corporation, has a low observable (stealthy) configuration that differs drastically from more common flying-wing advanced unmanned aircraft designs. Whereas those are optimized for endurance, altitude performance, broadband low observability, and payload, Dark Sword is designed for sustained speed and agility.

http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/21324/image-of-chinas-stealthy-dark-sword-fighter-like-combat-drone-emerges

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Re: Chinese "Dark Sword" Drone

Tue Jun 12, 2018 8:37 pm

In the past people stumbled over each other stating a design was probably just a mock-up, and it would take 5 years for the Chinese to master he required technology. And then it flew 2 weeks later. And another similar but different design from another site shortly after.
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