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Newly Designed Chinese Drone Ready for its First Flight Test

Posted By adans On May 10, 2013 @ 2:22 pm In World News | Comments Disabled

WantChinaTimes [1]
May 10, 2013

A newly designed Chinese drone is ready for its first flight test after completing its taxi test last December at an unknown airfield in the southeastern province of Jiangxi, reports Duowei News, an outlet operated by overseas Chinese.

Designed jointly by the Hongdu Aviation Industry Group and Shenyang Aviation Corporation, the Lijian (“sharp sword”) is China’s first stealth drone and the third in the world after the X-47 designed by the United States and France’s nEUROn. The Lijian program was launched in 2009 and the drone’s ground test was conducted on Dec. 13 last year.

China Aviation News reports that the Lijian is now ready for flight testing. The drone is set to be used by the PLA Air Force and Navy Air Force for combat missions, but also for tracking and reconnaissance purposes.

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