China received its largest foreign drone orderStaff Writer | March 3, 2017
An undisclosed buyer has placed the largest overseas order for China's home-developed military drones.
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It did not identify the buyer or the size of the order.
The Wing Loong II, which has wingspan of more than 20 metres (65 feet), is a medium-altitude, long-endurance UAV that has both reconnaissance and strike capabilities.
It conducted a 31-minute flight for the first time on Monday after taking off from a runway in western China.
"Its flight marks China's new generation reconnaissance and strike UAV. Following the United States, China becomes another country capable of developing such new-generation, large reconnaissance and strike UAV," said Li Yidong, chief designer of the series, whose programme is overseen by the state-owned Aviation Industry Corp of China. ■