25 November 2013
China says it tested its first stealth ‘killer’ drone, the Lijian, or Sharp Sword. The drone is similar to the X-47B drone being tested by the U.S. Navy. Some reports say the drone is a reverse-engineered copy of Russia’s Mikoyan Skat unmanned aerial vehicle. Additional reports indicate no weapon bays were visible in any of the photos of the drone. Additionally, the stealth features that would make a drone like this a potential ‘balance-shifter’ remain unproven in this design. The flight is significant due to the new capabilities that such drones provide for China’s rapidly modernizing armed forces. As a result, China may have an edge in spreading such technology around the world due to fewer technology export controls. (Image Credit: YouTube)
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