China’s New WJ-700 Completes Maiden Flight

China’s new unmanned war drone has successfully taken its maiden flight.

The WJ-700 armed reconnaissance drone can fly at altitudes of up to 12,000 metres (39,000 feet), has an endurance of 20 hours and can reach speeds up to 700km/h.

The China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC) did not disclose the location of the flight, according to China Space News and other local media outlets.

China's new unmanned, armed reconnaissance drone the WJ-700 has successfully completed its maiden flight.
China’s new unmanned, armed reconnaissance drone the WJ-700 has successfully completed its maiden flight. (CASIC)

The maiden flight took place on Monday, and was to verify the correctness and feasibility of the unmanned, the Global Times reported.

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The aircraft is said to be able to create a new pattern for drone combat, and first appeared as a prototype at Airshow China 2018.

It is capable of surveillance over the sea or land, early warning, anti-shipping, anti-radiation, signals intelligence, and jamming.

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