China’s newly developed Wing Loong II strike-capable reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) hit five targets in succession using five different types of missiles as part of a recent live-firing test, the state-owned Xinhua news agency reported on 31 December 2017.
Citing a statement by the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), Xinhua reported that by achieving a “100% hit rate” the Wing Loong II unmanned aerial system (UAS), which was developed by AVIC’s Chengdu Aircraft Design & Research Institute (CADI), set a new live-firing record for a Chinese-made UAV in a single sortie.
The report, however, did not provide any details about the weapons that were test-fired.
Xinhua stated that the achievement came after “multiple rounds of flight and firing tests” that followed the platform’s completion of its maiden flight in February 2017. The UAV has carried out live-firing tests against stationary, moving, and time-sensitive targets in accordance with customer requirements, reported Xinhua.
“To date, the newly developed reconnaissance-strike-integrated UAS has conducted firing tests with eight types of missiles and dozens of bombs, with a hit rate of 100%,” reported Xinhua.
The Wing Loong II UAV was displayed by AVIC at the Airshow China 2016 exhibition in Zhuhai, where the company also showcased a range of compatible weapons. These comprised the 47 kg Blue Arrow 7 and a quad pack of 26.5 kg Blue Arrow 9 anti-armour missiles, as well as the 250 kg GB3 and 50 kg GB7 laser-guided bombs.
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