China Starting To Export Its Military Drones
Staff Reporter 2015-01-04 16:01 (GMT+8)
Concept art for the ASN-209. (Internet photo)
China’s drones are slowly making their way across the globe after the country opened sales to foreign markets, reports the Canada-based Kanwa Defense Review.
China demonstrated the ASN-209 multipurpose tactical reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicles for the first time at the Africa Aerospace and Defense held in Tshwane, South Africa between Sept. 14-18. Designed by the Xi’an ASN Technology Group, ASN-209 is a medium-altitude, medium-endurance aircraft with a range of 200 kilometers or 10 hours of flight. Egypt is currently the only foreign. Egypt is currently the only foreign user of the ASN-209.
ASN-209G, the upgraded version of the ASN-209, can only cruise for half the time. To compensate, it can be equipped with two laser-guided missiles. China is trying to equip weapon systems with the unmanned aerial vehicles it develops for the foreign market. BA-7 laser-guided missiles, designed by China North Industries Corporation, can be seen on the Wing Loong drones designed for the United Arab Emirates. The CH-3 and CH-4 drones are also fitted with the AR-1 missile.
Pakistan is the primary user of Chinese drones. The CH-3 has already begun its service with the army and Beijing and Islamabad are still discussing the export of CH-4 drones. The United Arab Emirates is also receiving exports of YL-1A drones.
China is looking for other buyers, including Saudi Arabia and Algeria. The countries purchasing Chinese drones are either China’s traditional allies or oil exporters in the Middle East.