China Tests First Stealth Combat Drone: Media


Carol Huang
AFP
November 22, 2013

JDUS2020 / YouTubeA screen grab from Chinese TV shows China’s first unmanned stealth drone making its first test flight.

JDUS2020 / YouTubeA screen grab from Chinese TV shows China’s first unmanned stealth drone making its first test flight.

China has tested its first stealth combat drone, state media said Friday, citing online photos of an aircraft resembling a shrunken US B2 bomber and hailing the advance toward Western-level technology.

The test flight of the “Sharp Sword” unmanned aircraft is another step in China’s years-long military build-up, with its defence spending now the second highest in the world and growing by double-digit percentages each year.

It comes weeks after Tokyo said a drone had flown near East China Sea islands claimed by both it and Beijing, ratcheting tensions between the rivals up another notch.

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