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China Unveils ‘Loyal Wingman’ Drone Similar In Design To US XQ-58A Valkyrie

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China Unveils ‘Loyal Wingman’ Drone Similar In Design To US XQ-58A Valkyrie

The FH-97 drone as seen in a promotional video released by CASTC.

On September 29, China unveiled the long-range Feihong FH-97 drone, a concept that is very similar in mission and design to the US-made Kratos XQ-58A Valkyrie.

The drone concept was presented on the sideline of China’s International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition which is being held at Jinwan Airport in Zhuhai, Guangdong.

Wu Wei, a representative of China Aerospace Science Technology Corp’s (CASTC) Feihong product line, said that the new drone can carry different types of weapons. The drone also has swarm and electronic warfare capabilities.

One of the weapons that can be carried by the FH-97 is the FH-901 small loitering munition, which also has swarm capabilities.

CASTC did not reveal the technical specifications of the FH-97 drone, nor say whether the concept was planned for export.

The XQ-58, which saw its first flight on 5 March 2019, was designed to act as a “loyal wingman” that is controlled by a parent aircraft to accomplish tasks such as scouting, or absorb enemy fire if attacked. China’s FH-97 will play the same role.

The US experimental drone has a range of 3,941 kilometers and a maximum speed of Mach 0.85. The drone was designed to carry guided bombs as well as small drones.

Many countries are currently racing to develop “loyal wingman” drones. Last year, Russia revealed its own concept, the Grom, which has a mission profile and a design similar to that of the XQ-58 and FH-97.


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Putin the poodle

china, always stealing just like daddy russia


iran did this first with karrar interceptor role drones and f5 in a military exercise while nobody else still has btw these karrar drones are the first drones successfully used over the distance and for the role they were used in the history of warfare neither the soviets nor the usa certainly not saddam saw that one coming so they have a history they were once just targeting drones while they are today from extremely smart and fast to dumb suicide drones in many varieties so when it comes to drone technology than everybody lacks behind iran even if you might think to the opposite

Last edited 27 days ago by farbat

iran just needs maximum 4 people to design produce maintenance fly and overall manage 1 drone of a large size 3 people for a drone of medium size 2 people for a drone of small size these people can be tought here in iran and be in fact yemenite or palestinian or whatever they will produce probably better drones than even the usa because we tought them so point is the people in yemen the guys wearing sandals produce better drones than the zionists who are fed billions of taxpayer money while the yemenites use scrapmetal from the war the zionists get exclusive treatment so america wastes 10 trillion in one place moves to the other place wastes 2 trillion and so on while iran simply trains a hungry person how to fish

Last edited 27 days ago by farbat

chinas high tech product meanwhile is not a copy of russians or anything like that its just a natural consequence of this technology existing that a pilot can risk less by having the drone risk more but i agree with you that china lacks back because russia used both sources of knowledge it got from iran and went forward it used the rq170 and the exercise of iran to make a product

US & EU are Zion slaves

hmmmmmm, is anyone gonna tell him?
Buddy, it calls reverse engineering (every country in the whole fuking world does it) and it is not easy. Ofc, it is not the same drone like the one the USA made.


Hope every able countries in the world copy every US weapon system and make them better, and in the process piss them off. this could frustrate them and give it up.


there is a certain concept in the works of smaller suicide swarm drones + air commander iran actually already has it and the zionists have something similar even thou the airplane in question is large easy to hit and slow so its not really the same

Last edited 27 days ago by farbat
Fog of War

So I guess ZioAmerican weapons suck, except the ones China copies. How’s that work folks ?


Remember all the stupid anti-China propaganda about how they only build trinkets and toys for walmart?

Buy this off a US shelf you fkn clowns.

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