process of building armed, jet-propelled unmanned planes, which it plans
to sell to
customers in Middle East, Pakistan, Africa and throughout the world.
Though much of this work remains secret, the large number of drones at
recent exhibitions underlines not only China’s determination to catch up
in that sector – by building equivalents to the leading US combat and
surveillance models, the Predator and the Global Hawk – but also that
its desire to sell this technology abroad, a media report has said.
“No country has ramped up its research in recent years faster than
China. It displayed a drone model for the first time at the Zhuhai air
show five years ago, but now every major manufacturer for the Chinese
military has a research center devoted to drones,” the Washington Post
recently said quoting Chinese analysts.
Not only the Chinese are trying to make state of the art armed drones,
they are also eyeing the international market. “The United States
doesn’t export many attack drones, so we’re taking advantage of that
hole in the market,” said
Zhang Qiaoliang, a representative of the Chengdu Aircraft Design and
Research Institute, which manufactures many of the most advanced
military aircraft for the People’s Liberation Army.
“The main reason is the amazing demand in the market for drones after 9/11.”
According to the daily, Pakistan has said it plans to obtain armed
drones from China, which has already sold the nation one for
As per Aviation Industry Corp of China, it has begun offering
international customers a combat and surveillance drone comparable to
the Predator called the Yilong, or “pterodactyl” in English.
Zhang, of the Chengdu Aircraft Design and Research Institute, said the
company anticipates sales in Pakistan, the Middle East and Africa.