Saturday, November 19, 2016
Chinese Drones Spotted At Saudi Airbase Near The Yemen Border
Center For The Study Of The Drone: Drone Bases Updates
Sharurah, Saudi Arabia
A satellite image from October 31, 2016 shows that multiple strike drones have been deployed to Sharurah Regional Airport in Najran Province, Saudi Arabia, near the border with Yemen. The image, which was accessed on Google Earth, shows three Chinese-made CAIG Wing Loong (also known as Pterodactyl) medium-altitude long-endurance surveillance and strike drones. The image also shows multiple manned aircraft and, as well as new construction to accommodate the increased military presence. The drones likely belong to the Saudi military, although the United Arab Emirates also flies the Wing Loong and is suspected of operating drones from Saudi air bases. The number of Wing Loong drones in the image suggests that the Chinese-made drones are playing a larger role in the Saudi-led air campaign over Yemen than previously believed.
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WNU Editor: This deployment of Chinese drones makes one wonder on how deep is Chinese - Saudi military cooperation.