At China’s National Day parade on October 1, the country’s new dagger-shaped high-altitude reconnaissance drone, the WZ-8, 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.
Explaining his point, Wu said that a satellite can conduct reconnaissance only when it is above the target, rendering it vulnerable to detection by the enemy forces.
“On the other hand, a high-altitude, high-speed reconnaissance drone will not have this problem. It can effectively perform reconnaissance missions and communicate with Chinese forces regarding when to launch a strike,” Wu asserted.
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China will commission “Sharp Sword,” its new stealth-drone built for the countrys first indigenous aircraft carrier, the Type 001A by the end of this year. The drone will feature on October 1 at the National Day parade in Beijing
A bizarre-looking two-seater rotorcraft showcased in Chinas National Day parade last week is actually a special operations reconnaissance/assault gyroplane that can glide in on its unsuspecting target. The gyroplane was officially revealed today as belonging to a special warfare equipment group formation that marched in the parade to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China on October 1
China showcased a peculiar flying vehicle- the “Hunting Eagle" military gyrocopter, at the National Day parade on October 1 in Beijing. Developed by Shaanxi Baoji Special Vehicles company, the “weirdest” hardware on display at the event is smaller, cheaper and requires narrower space to land than a conventional helicopter
Chinas H-6N strategic bomber boasting of aerial refuelling capabilities participated in the National Day parade for the first time in Beijing on Tuesday. Aside of the H-6N, H-6K variant also took part at the Tuesday event
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