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Journalists have found a new proof of delivery in the UAE of Chinese UAVs "Wing Lung-2"

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Judging from the satellite images of the UAE “Kusahvira” Air Force Base, located near the border with Oman, the Emirates are the buyers of the Wing Lung-2 (Wing Loong II) reconnaissance and drone UAV, reports TSAMTO with reference to Jane's Defense Weekly.


Journalists have found a new proof of delivery in the UAE of Chinese UAVs "Wing Lung-2"


On recent satellite images, three UAVs have been identified, the dimensions of which correspond to the Wing Lung-2 UAV.

“The length of the UAV is 11 m, the wingspan is 20,5 m, the height is 4,1 m, the maximum take-off weight is 4200 kg. Externally and in size, the Chinese UAV is comparable to the American Miper-9 “Reaper”, however, it is reliably known that there are no MQ-9 UAVs in service with the UAE Armed Forces, which suggests the delivery of the Wing Lung-2 UAV to the Middle Eastern state, material.



Currently, there are no official reports on the delivery of “Ving Lung-2” to a foreign customer, however, in January AVIC announced that intensive UAV tests were conducted during the previous 10 months. After completing several stages of testing, “The Wing Lung-2” successfully hit five targets with five types of missiles during one mission, setting a record for the UAV developed in China, ”the newspaper writes.

The test results allowed to conclude that the system "meets the requirements of the customer and has full operational capabilities."

According to experts, despite the fact that "Wing Lung-2" performed the first flight at the end of February 2017, it could have been ordered by the Emirates earlier.

It is also reported that "the UAE has repeatedly conducted extensive testing of weapons systems in the country and, in particular, have experience operating the basic version of the Ving Lung, which may explain the short period between the first flight of the UAV and its delivery to export."
Photos used:
TSAMTO / Bill Carey, 2018 DigitalGlobe, Inc.
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  1. ul_vitalii
    ul_vitalii 30 January 2018 14: 03 New
    +6
    At the same time, they will check in combat conditions. And they will finalize and increase orders.
    1. Safevi
      Safevi 30 January 2018 14: 04 New
      +2
      China has powerfully begun to press the main manufacturers in the arms market.
      1. karabas-barabas
        karabas-barabas 30 January 2018 14: 39 New
        +1
        And whom should China squeeze on the topic of UAVs? China is not a competitor to the West in this matter, either by the technical level or by the chances of winning tenders of those countries that are ready to supply UAVs to Israel, the USA, etc., and Russia has overslept the UAV topic and has nothing to offer it.
        1. Alexey RA
          Alexey RA 30 January 2018 14: 59 New
          +1
          Quote: karabas-barabas
          And whom should China squeeze on the topic of UAVs? China is not a competitor to the West in this matter, either by the technical level or by the chances of winning tenders of those countries to which Israel, the USA, etc. are ready to supply UAVs.

          About Chinese electronics and cars, too, at first they said so - they say, how can Chinese crafts compete with white assembly. smile
          China can provide "budget" copies of expensive models to those countries that do not have enough money to buy originals, and cheaper original models do not quite suit their performance characteristics.
  2. KVU-NSVD
    KVU-NSVD 30 January 2018 14: 06 New
    +3
    Maybe the Chinese, or maybe just the American Reapers are based
  3. Gladius
    Gladius 30 January 2018 14: 17 New
    +1
    I don’t understand, if it so happened that Russia is still lagging behind in some developments, then why not order such drones from China? After all, Israel was taken, and technically and morally obsolete. While all the shipyards are busy and there is no way to quickly build large tonnage vessels for the fleet, why not order them from China, for example supply vessels, the same helicopter carriers, etc. After all, China is buying advanced weapons from Russia.
  4. vatrpas
    vatrpas 30 January 2018 14: 31 New
    +1
    Quote: Gladius
    I don’t understand, if it so happened that Russia is still lagging behind in some developments, then why not order such drones from China? After all, Israel was taken, and technically and morally obsolete. While all the shipyards are busy and there is no way to quickly build large tonnage vessels for the fleet, why not order them from China, for example supply vessels, the same helicopter carriers, etc. After all, China is buying advanced weapons from Russia.

    Finances sing romances.
  5. san4es
    san4es 30 January 2018 14: 37 New
    0
    The test results allowed to conclude that the system "meets the requirements of the customer and has full operational capabilities."

    Flight range - up to 5000 km - flew under its own power?


    Jan 1 2018
  6. zyzx
    zyzx 30 January 2018 14: 42 New
    0
    Will the Chinese also provide a satellite? Just to control such a tarantail, you need a satellite to send a signal, or will they steer them only in the direct radio signal area?
  7. In100gram
    In100gram 31 January 2018 00: 06 New
    0
    It will not help the Emirates anyway. Recover them, if necessary