A China’s long-range Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) is now being deployed to spy on every naval activity of the United States and allies in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

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China’s BZK-005 drone – dronecenter.bard.edu

Newly satellite image obtained from Image Sat International (ISI) concluded that a high altitude Chinese drone was spotted onto a China’s man-made artificial island.

The image also shows an ongoing activity of a Chinese Harbin BZK-005 long-range reconnaissance drone taxiing on Woody Island airstrip in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

The BZK-005 high altitude, long range UAV is a reconnaissance aircraft designed by Beijing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics and Harbin Aircraft Industry (Group) Co., Ltd. It is used by the Chinese Navy.

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BZK-005 – chinese-military-aviation.blogspot.com

It can remain airborne for up to 40 hours with a cruising speed of around 170 km/h, service ceiling 8,000 m, max takeoff weight is around 1,200 kg, max payload over 150 kg.

But the drone did not appear armed in the satellite image since the BZK-005 does not have the capability to fire missiles, unlike other drones in China’s inventory. – Carl E.

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