China will present a new low-cost drone made locally at the aeronautical fair that will open this week in the southern province of Canton, the South China Morning Post reported Sunday.
The Wing Loong, an uncrewed aircraft (or UAV, according to its English abbreviation), will be manufactured by the Aviation Industry Corporation of China, or AVIC.
With the new drone, China will make its debut in the UAV market with a model whose price is far below that of similar aircraft made by the United States or Israel, the only two countries that currently have this technology.
The Wing Loong, the newspaper says, is very similar to the U.S.-made MQ-9 Reaper, although - with regard to size - it is more similar to the MQ-1 Predator.
The new Chinese spy aircraft weight 1.1 tons, measures 9 meters (29.3 feet) long and has a wingspan of 14 meters (45.5 feet).
The Wing Loong, which can be used for both military and civilian operations, can attain an altitude of 5,300 meters (17,225 feet) and has a range of 4,000 kilometers (2,480 miles).
Wong Dong, a Chinese defense expert quoted by the South China Morning Post, said that the new drone could enjoy "great success" in the international arms market due to the fact that its price is less than $1 million per unit. EFE