China Receives Largest Ever Weapon Order for Wing Loong-2 Attack DronePosted: November 7, 2016
China’s Wing Loong-1 drones have been intensively used abroad for tens of thousands of hours and launched life ammunition nearly a thousand times. Such severe experience it has undergone has proved its satisfactory functions and stable performance and made it very popular abroad.
Now according to its chief engineer Li Yidong, China has developed Wing Loong-2 with more powerful homegrown engine, larger fuselage and better pneumatic shape to increase its ceiling, speed, duration and load. It can carry more electronic equipment to enable combined use of photoelectric pod and synthetic aperture radar for longer range of reconnaissance and better identification of targets.
Wing Loong-2 has an internal weapon bay for 200 kg of weapons and can carry 480 kg of 6 weapons on its wings.
According to Li, a real prototype of Wing Loong-2 is on display in Zhuhai Airshow and maiden flight of Wing Loong-2 prototype will soon be carried out. However, China has already received an order for Wing Loong-2 of the largest amount ever in China’s weapon export history.
Source: mil.huanqiu.com “Chief engineer: Wing Loong-2 has internal weapon bay and won the largest export order in Chinese history” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)