A complete set of “Wing Loong UAV System”- a Chinese cloned prototype of U.S. MQ-1 Predator drone, by Aviation Industry Corporation of China, is on display at an upcoming Zhuhai Airshow on November 13 to 18. Wing Loong (that’s Chinese for Pterodactyl, a Jurassic period flying dinosaur) is almost identical to U.S. MQ-1 Predator Drone in size but smaller then MQ-9 Reaper.
The Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) will also highlight its – physical sample segments of the large-scale amphibious rescue aircraft “D-600”, Primus 150 with independent intellectual property rights and domestic power system CJ-1000A assorted with C919. Here is official link to The Zhuhai Airshow.
Wing Loong unmanned aircraft has a range of almost 4,000 km and it can fly at max altitude of 5,000 meters (16,404 feet) with an endurance of over 20 hours at maximum speed of 280 km/h. It weighs 1.1 tons, has a 14 meter (45 ft 11 in) wingspan, and is 9.05 meters (29 ft 8 in) long.
List of Countries with known operational armed drones ( unmanned combat air vehicle or combat drone):
China operates “Guizhou WZ-2000” or WuZhen-2000 and AVIC Wing Loong I
United States operates MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper
Israel operates IAI Heron, IAI Eitan, Elbit Hermes 450, IAI Harpy, IAI Harop
India operates IAI Heron, IAI Harop, DRDO AURA, DRDO Kapothaka, DRDO Nishant, DRDO Lakshya, and IAI Harpy, DRDO Rustom
Iran – Karrar, Shahed 129
Russia – IAI Heron
France – EADS Harfang
Turkey – TAI Anka, Vestel Karayel and Bayraktar Mini UAV
United Kingdom – MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper
Italy – MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper
Germany – Modified IAI Heron