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China’s Supersonic Drone Spotted at Anhui Base – Defense News

One of China’s WZ-8 supersonic reconnaissance drones has been spotted by new hangars at Lu’an airbase in China’s Anhui province, a US military magazine says

China's supersonic drone seen at Anhui airbase, according to a US military magazine.
China unveiled its high-altitude, high-speed drone, the WZ-8, at a National Day parade in Beijing on October 1, 2019. Photo: Global Times.


A satellite image obtained by a US magazine appears to show one of China’s WZ-8 supersonic reconnaissance drones beside new hangars at Lu’an airbase in China’s Anhui province that was identified in classified US documents leaked online recently by a member of the Massachusetts Air National Guard arrested by US authorities last month.

The airbase is being upgraded and has a resurfaced 3,200-metre runway and 20 bomber-sized aircraft shelters, plus the two hangars and “munitions checkout facilities”, according to the report by Defense News, which said the WZ-8 drone is usually launched at high altitude from H-6M bombers and may be used for reconnaissance missions over South Korea and Taiwan “while flying at Mach 3 at an altitude of 100,000 feet”.

Read the full report: Defense News.




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Jim Pollard

Jim Pollard is an Australian journalist based in Thailand since 1999. He worked for News Ltd papers in Sydney, Perth, London and Melbourne before travelling through SE Asia in the late 90s. He was a senior editor at The Nation for 17+ years.


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