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A UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle), which is seen as threatening the West’s dominance of the global UAV market, now has an upgraded version that uses a jet power system. This, according to Chinese media.
A report on the website of the Chinese-language Global Times, a government media outlet, said the medium-attitude UAV was produced by Chengdu Aircraft Industries (Group) Corp. and probably uses two small turbojets to generate power.
The report cited Chinese military commentator Li Xiaojian as saying that photos indicate that the UAV is currently in the land-testing stage and how it will be used will only be confirmed after it has been fully equipped.
Li said the jet-powered UAV is probably an upgraded of the Wing Loong series, which currently uses a prop-driven power system.
China’s Wing Loong UAV is said to have been deployed by China’s military and exported to other countries.