Chinese stealth UAV Soaring Dragon and civilian drone hover over Taiwan’s country’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ). The Taiwan military tracked 5 Chinese warships and 26 Chinese military aircraft around Taiwan on Thursday.
According to a Taiwan News report, amongst the two types of military unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) was the WZ-7 Soaring Dragon.
Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) said, “26 Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) aircraft and five ships had been detected around Taiwan. Of these, two Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jets and two Xi’an JH-7 fighter bombers crossed the median line,”
MND further added,”One Guizhou BZK-007 drone flew just off the southwestern edge of the median line, and four Shenyang J-16 fighters, one Shaanxi Y-9 electronic warfare plane, and one Guizhou WZ-7 Soaring Dragon entered the southwest corner of Taiwan’s ADIZ.”
Taiwanese Air Force responded to the situation by sending combat patrol planes, issued radio alerts, and tracked the Chinese aircraft with land-based anti-aircraft missiles.
The MND data suggest the presence of WZ-7’s was noteworthy as it was encroaching on Taiwan’s ADIZ. The stealth UAV Soaring Dragon is a High-Altitude Long Endurance (HALE) vehicle with similar capabilities like the American Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk.
The report also pointed out the presence of the BZK-007 and WZ-7’s Taiwan’s ADIZ in the East China Sea is part of a trend of escalating Chinese drone “intrusions”.
Chinese intentions are unclear, will they switch from manned to unmanned aircraft to intrude Taiwan’s ADIZ or will all out with the combination of the two. About HALE WZ-7 (Soaring Dragon)
The Chinese WZ-7 also known as Soaring Dragon drone is classified as a High-Altitude Long Endurance (HALE) type of drone.
The Guizhou Aircraft Industry Corporation drone was unveiled to the public for the first time during the 2021 edition of the Zhuhai Airshow. It was created by Russia’s Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group.
The Chinese military has released information saying that WZ-7 is the biggest military reconnaissance drone in the world.
The WZ-7 can provide information canisters to ballistic missile launchers, such as the Chinese DF-21D. It can carry electronic jamming gear that it can use when performing fleet actions.
This rear engine turbojet drone has a top speed of 750 km/h and can fly for 7,000 km. This rear engine turbojet drone has a top speed of 750 km/h and can fly for 7,000 km.
In yet another incident reported by CNN, you can watch Chinese civilian drones teasing Taiwan’s military in a video posted on Weibo. The Chinese military confirmed the alleged threats and the use of domestic drones by them.
Chinese drone invasions are becoming a routine amid rising tension following US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s August visit to Taiwan, in August.
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