Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Saudi Arabia To Purchase Armed Drones From China

Wing Loong (Yilong / Pterodactyl) is a medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE), unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed by Chengdu Aircraft Design & Research Institute (CADI), a division of the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC). AirForce-Technology

David Axe, Daily Beast: Now the Saudis Have Killer Drones, Too

Saudi Arabia has got a horrible human-rights record and a bloody war next door. And now it’s about to get its own fleet of flying, death-dealing robots.

Saudi Arabia is the world’s newest drone power. And that could be a problem, since the Saudis are in the midst of a rather nasty war.

Riyadh has signed a contract with Chinese firm Chengdu for an unspecified number of Pterodactyl drones, Saudi media reported in late August and early September.

The 30-foot-long, propeller-driven Pterodactyl, which Chengdu apparently modeled on America’s iconic Predator and Reaper drones, can fly for hours at a time carrying cameras and missiles. Operators on the ground control the unmanned aerial vehicle via satellite.

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WNU Editor: I guess the U.S. and Saudis could not reach an agreement on the Saudis purchasing U.S. drones.


Rhaegar said...

Seems a new bunch of documents have been leaked by Wikileaks, though it has not been reported in the mainstream media yet:

Here are the link to the documents from wikileaks:
This seems very underreported at the moment, so not sure what to make of it

Rhaegar said...
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Rhaegar said...

Edit: They were leaked by Guccifer: But they have also been forwarded and leaked by wikileaks, sorry for the typoo, hope this clears things up a bit.
I see one article mentioning it in World news briefs, but think this deserves a post if possible, since not many are reporting about it still.

RussInSoCal said...

And the Chinese will see everything that drone sees.