Egypt has announced it has inducted Chinese-made Wing Loong Attack drones into its Air Force.
Video of the Wing Loong drone, taking off with missiles on its hard-points and knocking off a ground target was shown as part of a publicity video telecast on Egyptian media on the occasion of the 45th Air Force Day. The footage also included pilots guiding the drone in the ground and in the sky.
The full documentary about the Air Force day was published by the Egyptian Ministry of Defence on its official social media pages.
“The Egyptian military has been boosted with the latest global armament systems, including the multirole Rafale aircrafts, F-16 fighter jets, Boeing AH-64 Apache helicopters and China’s Wing Loong armed aircrafts,” a voice-over said in the video.
The Wing Loong drone, one of China’s biggest defence export successes comes armed with China’s Blue Arrow-7 laser-guided missiles. It is manufactured by China’s Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group in 2008.
The Chinese company has not yet made an official announcement of a sale to Egypt but unconfirmed reports say it has been sold to Saudi Arabia and Jordan as well. Most recently, Pakistan ordered 48 Wing Loong Drones, according to unofficial reports in the Chinese media.
Pakistan will buy 48 Chinese Wing Loong II reconnaissance and strike medium altitude, long endurance (MALE) drones in the largest such arms deal of its kind between the two countries. Reports in the Chinese media attributed the information about the sale to a posting on the official Facebook account of the Pakistan Air Force's Sherdils Aerobatic Team on Sunday without giving out information about the value of the deal
Chinas AVIC announced Thursday that it will launch an upgraded version of the domestically-developed Wing Loong UAS family in 2018, local media reports. The new modernized Wing Loong ID UAV will conduct its maiden flight and enter the market in 2018, Xinhua reports quoting AVIC delegates at the Wing Loong UAS Development Conference on Thursday
The Wing Loong II unmanned aerial system (UAS) has hit five targets in succession with five different types of missiles in a single sortie, setting a new live firing record for Chinese UAS, its manufacturer, State-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) said. After multiple rounds of flight and firing tests, the Wing Loong II UAS has conducted firing tests with eight types of missiles and dozens of bombs, with a hit rate of 100 percent, the Xinhua News Agency reported, citing the State-owned aviation giant of Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC)
Chinas Chengdu Aircraft Corporation has introduced its second-generation Wing Loong II unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) at the Beijing Air Show earlier this month. The system is similar to the MQ-9 Reaper high-altitude long-endurance UCAV, which is manufactured by General Atomics primarily for the US Air Force, Sputnik International reported Friday
The Egyptian Air Force signed an agreement to purchase drones, believed to be the Wing Loong II attack-reconnaissance UAVs, from Chinas National Aero-Technology Import and Export Corporation (CATIC). The agreement was signed Commander of Egyptian air forces, Mohamed Abbas and CATIC officials on the sidelines of the EDEX 2018 exhibition held in Cairo earlier this week, an official announcement said
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