Photos have emerged on the China Defense Mashup web site ofa possible Chinese high altitude long endurance (HALE) UAV at the
The aircraft resembles the Northrop Grumman RQ-4 GlobalHawk, with a rear-mounted intake above the tail and long thin wings that wouldbe suitable for sustained high altitude flight. Unlike Global Hawk’s ‘V’ tailthe Chinese aircraft has a more traditional tail plane. China Mashup speculatesthat it is the Xianglong UAV, which first appeared in model form at the ChinaAir Show in Zhuhai in 2006.
If the J-20 exposure pattern (grainy photos followed byamateur video) is anything to go by, with luck we’ll see this UAV in flight inthe next few weeks.
This is the second sighting of a Chinese UAV in as manyweeks. Last week Japan Security Watch posted photos of a UAV apparentlyoperating from a Chinese warship.
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