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China Releases Photo of Naval UAV

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China Releases Photo of Naval UAV

(Source: Chinese Ministry of Defence; posted Oct. 29, 2012)

The Chinese Ministry of Defence has posted a photograph of an unidentified naval unmanned aerial vehicle on its website.

The accompanying caption, as always very uninformative, simply says the photograph was taken as “A destroyer flotilla of the South China Sea Fleet under the Navy of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) recently carried out several-day-long emergency handling drill on the sea, during which sixteen subjects were roundly tested.”

As far as can be determined from the photograph, the aircraft appears to be rather basic, if not primitive, and is fitted with a two-bladed, apparently wooden propeller. More surprising is the absence of any visible sensors, which rather defeats the objective of having a remotely-piloted air vehicle, and the presence of small, bulbous objects under the fuselage.

In all probability, this is a training device used for basic familiarization purposes.