China firing test with Wing Loong II UAV Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

China has recently conducted firing test with its local-made Wing Loong II UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) in the category of MALE (Medium-Altitude Long-Endurance) armed with eight types of missiles and dozens of bombs, with a hit rate of 100 percent, the Xinhua News Agency reported, citing the State-owned aviation giant of Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC).

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Chinese-made Wing Loong II UAV MALE at AirShow China in November 2016 (Picture source Army Recognition)

"The Wing Loong II UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) MALE (Medium-Altitude Long-Endurance) has successfully hit five targets in succession with five different types of missiles in a single sortie, setting a new live firing record for Chinese UAS," AVIC said.

As drones are increasingly used in global military actions, the Wing Loong II will be deployed in China's future military actions, especially in anti-terrorism, peacekeeping and border patrol operations, according Chinese military expert.

The Wing Loong II UAS is a new generation of home-developed long distance reconnaissance-strike-integrated UAS by AVIC's Chengdu Aircraft Design & Research Institute (CADI).

Chinese Defense Industry unveiled the concept of Wing Loong II at the Aviation Expo China in Beijing in September 2015 and a prototype of the Wing Loong II was presented for the first time to the public during the Airshow China exhibition, held in Zhuhai from 1-6 November, 2016.

The Wing Loong II has a maximum payload capacity of 400 kg. It is able of carrying up to 12 laser-guided bombs or missiles with a total weight of 480 kilogram's. The Wing Loong 1 can carry only two bombs or missiles with a combined weight of 100 kg. At Zhuhai Air Show 2016, the Wing Loong II was showed with different types of bombs and missiles as the FT-9/50 50kg bomb, GB3 250 kg laser-guided bomb, TL-10 bomb and more.