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China test-flies new generation drone


08-30-2015 15:27 BJT

China has taken a newly-developed drone on a test flight in northwest province Gansu.

The new generation "Rainbow 5" drone is twice as large as previous models, with a 20-meter wingspan. It was developed by China Aerospace Science and Technology for reconnaissance and military strikes.

The drone can conduct air patrol for over 30 hours, and has 900 kilograms of load capacity. Apart from military uses, it can also be used for maritime patrol and search and rescue at sea.

"Rainbow 5 can expand the scope of surveillance from the original 2 to 30 kilometres to 80 kilometres. It can spot the target from a long distance, and also shield itself from being targeted," said Lan Wenbo, China Aerospace Science and Technology.

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