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Saudi Arabia orders 300 Chinese strike-capable reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicles

Discussion in 'China & Asia Pacific' started by OverLoad, Mar 20, 2017.

  1. OverLoad

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    Saudi Arabia has signed a contract for the acquisition of 300 of the newest Chinese strike-capable reconnaissance unmanned aerial long-haul vehicles Wing Loong II (also known as Pterodactyl II).

    China’s state-run Xinhua news agency reported on 28 February said the deal represented the “biggest overseas purchase order in the history of Chinese [UAV] foreign military sales”. But the identity of the customer and the size and value of the contract were not disclosed.

    The export order was revealed on the same day that the Wing Loong II completed its maiden flight.

    The new Wing Loong II is a long-endurance strike-capable reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed by Chengdu Aircraft Design & Research Institute (CADI), a division of the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC).

    CAIG formally unveiled the Wing-Loong II during Air Show China in November 2016. The Wing Loong II has a payload of 400 kg, which can be used for armaments and/or ISR equipment. The Wing-Loong II can reach a top speed of 370 km/h and service ceiling of 9,000 m. It has an endurance of 32 hours.

    While observers have noted that the Wing-Loong II bore a strong resemblance to the MQ-9 Reaper, the Wing Loong II is a smaller and lighter platform than the Reaper.

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    http://defence-blog.com/news/saudi-...-reconnaissance-unmanned-aerial-vehicles.html
     
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    looks like Pakistan is playing the bridge between these two countries?
     
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    China is selling weapons like hot cakes.... Meanwhile Rustom II just disappeared from the face of this planet.
    UAVs Civilian or Military are a huuuge market....And infact have been for quiet some time now...

    I have yet to see any concrete step in that direction....For domestic needs themselves...Let alone for export.


    I expected a soecial thrust in this arena from the current administration....I hope I see it one day.
     
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    China has a massive over capacity in manufacturing. its only a matter of time before they over take every sort of manufacturing space - including defence - due to their insanely low costs. dont expect to compete with them in that area. the only place we can hope to compete and out do is the quality/advancements - not quantity.
     
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    Saudi Arabia buys China's 300 drones us $ 10 billion.
    http://weaponews.com/news/3819-saudi-arabia-buys-china-s-300-drones-us-10-billion.html

    The drone is a further development of the apparatus Pterodactyl I (Wing Loong I) launched into serial production in 2009. Apparat Pterodactyl Pterodactyl I was adopted by the PLA (under the designation GJ-1 - Gongji-1) and has achieved great export success. It can be seen armed with a number of countries, in particular Saudi Arabia, UAE, Pakistan, Egypt, Kazakhstan, and, presumably, Uzbekistan. The Saudis have used a Pterodactyl I in the fighting in Yemen.
     
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