China says it has received its largest foreign combat drone order

Wing-Loong II
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AN undisclosed buyer has placed the largest overseas order for China’s home-developed military drones, the Xinhua news agency has reported, in a boost for the Chinese arms industry’s efforts to increase export volumes.

The order for the Wing Loong II was placed before the next-generation unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) successfully completed its maiden flight, Xinhua said late on Monday, citing the system’s developer Chengdu Aircraft Design and Research Institute.

It did not identify the buyer or the size of the order.

The maiden flight of the first Wing-Loong II unmanned combat aerial vehicle developed by Chengdu Aircraft Design and Research Institute (CADI) of the state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China has taken place, it was announced on 27 February.