China conducted a test of the Lijian drone, which was found to be extremely similar to the Russian Skat unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Lagging behind other countries in the development of military aircraft, the PRC only recently launched a copy of the Russian carrier-based fighter into industrial production.
About the 20-minute test flight drone "Lijiang" in an unidentified test center in the south-west of China told the site Want China Times. According to the publication, photos of the new UAV appeared on Chinese sites in May of this year. Creating such drones like Lijian, Wing Loong and CH-4, China is gradually catching up with the United States and Israel in the development of unmanned aerial vehicles, the site says.
But the Russian magazine "Military Parade" questioned the authorship of the PRC: according to Russian journalists, the "Lijiang" is a copy of the Russian drone "Skat". Moreover, the Chinese aircraft can use the RD-33 engine mounted on the Skat.
At the same time, a professor at Peking University aviation and astronautics Huang Jun categorically denies the accusation of the Russian magazine. According to him, the Chinese drone may well be similar to the American X47-B and the Russian Skat, but this is only due to the fact that all unmanned aerial vehicles are designed in this way.