PICTURE: Chinese navy UAV spotted in-flight
By Stephen Trimble on 24 June, 2011 in Uncategorised
Great job by the Japan Security Watch to spot this photo last week. The photo was released on 23 June by Japan’s Ministry of Defense. Japan’s MoD claims it spotted the unmanned aerial vehicle flying around a Chinese naval ship on exercises near Okinawa. It’s not clearly apparent from the photo that the UAV belongs to the vessel underneath, but the MoD press release makes that link. It’s also not apparent which UAV is involved. To my eyes, it doesn’t seem to resemble known Chinese UAVs in this size class, such as perhaps the ASN-209 and ASN-802. It’s possible this photo shows an all-new UAV now in Chinese naval service.
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