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WJ-700 flies, as other Chinese UCAVs fight

20th January 2021 - 19:25 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch

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A new Chinese UAV/UCAV has taken to the skies for the first time. Meanwhile, other Chinese models are being used extensively in combat in the Middle East and North Africa.

The WJ-700 gas turbine-powered UAV, from the stable of the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC), performed its maiden flight from an undisclosed location in China on 11 January.

The WJ-700 is a MALE/HALE aircraft marketed by Beijing-based Haiying General Aviation Equipment (Hiwing), a subsidiary of CASIC. Hiwing made the announcement on its WeChat account the same day as the flight.

In fact, the WJ-700 was designed by the UAV Technology Institute, part of CASIC’s Third Academy, that has branched out into UAVs from its original specialty in cruise missiles. This legacy is reflected in the missile-like appearance …

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