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PARIS: China primes predatory MALE

Anybody missing General Atomics' retiring Predator family of unmanned air vehicles might find solace in a UAV from AVIC.

The Chinese aerospace corporation is displaying a small model of the distinctly Predator-like Wing-Loong, which it describes as a medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) vehicle with autonomous take-off and landing capability and the ability to carry "small-sized air-to-ground strike weapons".

The Wing-Loong is within a few millimetres in any direction of the Predator A. It has a 14m (46ft) wingspan, 9m length and a maximum take-off weight of 1,100kg (2,420lb), but it boasts the good looks of the larger Predator B's V-shaped rear end. It has ceiling of 16,400ft and a range of 2,160nm (4,000km), said AVIC.

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