China's military drones participated in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) anti-terror drills in Inner Mongolia for the first time on Tuesday, according to Xinhua News Agency.
Participating in the live fire drills, the drone, whos model was unidentified, shot off several missiles during the rehearsal, Shen Jinke, spokesman of China Air force was quoted as saying.
"The drone, tasked with surveillance, reconnaissance and ground attacks, will play a vital role in fighting against terrorism," he said.
According to the report, more than 19 different models made up a group of 70 aircraft dispatched for the drill. These included fighter planes, early warning aircraft and armed helicopters.
China's indigenously developed WZ-10 and WZ-19 armed helicopters were deployed to practice reconnaissance and rocket barrage tests in the exercise, which concludes Friday, the report said.
A total of 7,000 troops from China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan have participated in the drill, including ground and air forces, special operations and airborne troops as well as several supporting roles, it added.