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    Meet China's Sharp Sword, a stealth drone that can likely carry 2 tons of bombs

    The Sharp Sword UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle), China's stealthy attack drone, just won second place in the National Science and Technology Advancement Prizes. Considering the secrecy surrounding stealth drones to come out of China—there are relatively few photos of the Sharp Sword available, particularly as opposed to, say, the J-20 fighter—the Sharp Sword's victory is pretty noteworthy. The drone, known as "Lijian" in Mandarin Chinese, is being paraded as a huge win for Chinese aviation technology. And it is.



    The Sharp Sword is the first non-NATO stealthy unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV). Built by Aviation Industry Corporation of China, with much of the work done by the Hongdu Aviation Industry Group, the Sharp Sword first flew in November 2013. Looking a bit like a mini-B-2 flying wing bomber, the UCAV has two internal bomb bays and a likely payload of about 4,400 pounds. Its engine is a non-afterburning WS-13 turbofan engine, with serpentine inlet to hide the engine from enemy radars (the first Sharp Sword does not use a stealthy nozzle due to its technology demonstrator status). It has a length of about 33 feet, and a wingspan of about 46 feet.



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    Stealthy flying wing UCAVs, like the Sharp Sword, are more survivable (by virtual of stealth) than traditional UAVs like the Predator, and have more onboard room for mission avionics, plus computers for artificial intelligence.


    Other similar foreign systems include the American X-47B, the British Taranis, and the French Neuron. Stealthy UCAVs have a number of advantages over their manned counterparts: they can fit the same internal payload onto a smaller airframe, and have much longer ranges, in addition to the typical advantages of unmanned aerial vehicles, like longer flight times.





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    Future iterations of the Sharp Sword are likely to be among the launch systems for Chinese combat AI.


    Reporting from the Chinese Internet suggests that a second, even stealthier Sharp Sword began flying last year (with a stealthy engine). If flight testing with the prototypes goes as well as the initial flight tests did with the first airframe, the Sharp Sword could enter service as early as 2019-2020.


    Initially, it's believed that the Sharp Sword will be used for reconnaissance in areas with dense air defense networks, as well as tailing foreign warships. As the Chinese develops a familiarity with the Sharp Sword, it could be used for combat operations as a "first through the door" weapon against highly defended, high-value targets, as well as an aerial tanker for other drones and carrier aircraft (akin to plans for the U.S. MQ-25). There is even the possibility of carrier version for China's planned next generation of catapult equipped aircraft carriers.


    Eventually, advances in distributed systems and artificial intelligence could help the Sharp Sword be a robotic wingman to manned aircraft in an unmanned/manned operational concept. It could even take on autonomous missions of its own.


    Meet China's Sharp Sword, a stealth drone that can likely carry 2 tons of bombs | Popular Science

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    If the new American administration follows through with it threats about keeping China out of the South China sea I think these will be put to use sooner rather than later.

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    More probably taken out using these types of missiles.

    The DF-26 has a range of 3,000–4,000 km (1,900–2,500 mi), and may be used in the nuclear, conventional, and anti-ship strike roles.[



    But let's not prick the ameristani bubble too soon.
    A tray full of GOLD is not worth a moment in time.

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    Damn bsnub your really afraid of the fuckin Chinese?

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    ^Allegedly ameristan has "no concerns" about China and it's actions.

    Saw it here on TD not 5 minutes ago from a very knowledgeable resident of an ameristan basement.

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    Looking a bit like a mini-B-2 flying wing bomber
    Looks more like an F-117

    One of those got shot down by a SAM so can't be completely invisible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    ^Allegedly ameristan has "no concerns" about China and it's actions.

    Saw it here on TD not 5 minutes ago from a very knowledgeable resident of an ameristan basement.

    Not much of a progressive-anarchist, is he?
    Drinking the establishment's Kool-Aid and going along with that convention.


    Same as it ever was.

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    Looks like Rex Tillerson has got the chinks rattled with his hearing comments if they are unveiling there 'secret' stealth tech.

    Wait til Mad Dog Mattis starts chewing on their scrawny arses

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    Beware - The Yellow Peril.


    Historic boogieman.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slick
    Damn bsnub your really afraid of the fuckin Chinese?
    Exactly where did I say that?

    Never underestimate the Chinese.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Plan B View Post
    Looks more like an F-117

    One of those got shot down by a SAM so can't be completely invisible.
    Apparently one looks for the patch of sky from which there are no cell phone signals and bingo it is a non reflective stealth aircraft.

    Or something along those lines. A radio frequency spectrum dead spot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsnub
    Built by Aviation Industry Corporation of China, with much of the work done by the Hongdu Aviation Industry Group, the Sharp Sword first flew in November 2013
    Bsnub has just found out about it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Looper
    Looks like Rex Tillerson has got the chinks rattled with his hearing comments if they are unveiling there 'secret' stealth tech.
    Looper's just jumped in without reading the article. Drinks the koolaid and thinks the Chinese military are "rattled".

    Sure their surprised?

    If the ameristani military have missed it flying around for the past 4 years it makes one wonder why pay for 17 intelligence agencies.

    Or maybe because Chinese stealth works, they will never see it, until it's too late.


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    Quote Originally Posted by VocalNeal
    Or something along those lines.
    It's been suggested that one can't hide the change in air density of the planes track. I presume something like an invisible vapour trail which is traceable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh
    Bsnub has just found out about it.
    When did I say that?

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    Ah the clown-prince DoDo is back. Chief cheerleader for the chinkies and their empire building nonsense.



    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh
    If the ameristani military have missed it flying around for the past 4 years it makes one wonder why pay for 17 intelligence agencies
    Flying where? Inside Chinese airspace probably.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Looper
    Flying where? Inside Chinese airspace probably.
    Not combat proven of course. Definitely contains stolen tech.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsnub
    When did I say that?
    Your OP was January 2017, World News. By implication you beleived it to be news.

    Quote Originally Posted by Looper
    Flying where? Inside Chinese airspace probably.
    So you believe no amersitani "military advisors" are in China. These advisors who are paid to know and report to their bosses, what China is planning to develop, is testing or has deployed.

    Quote Originally Posted by bsnub
    Not combat proven of course.
    How would you know if it has such magnificent stealth technology, allegedly stolen from the oh so exceptional ameristanis? If its not trumpeted on twatter it doesn't exist?

    Quote Originally Posted by bsnub
    Definitely contains stolen tech.
    You've seen the designs, or just guessing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh
    So you believe no amersitani "military advisors" are in China. These advisors who are paid to know and report to their bosses, what China is planning to develop, is testing or has deployed.
    Who knows if there are and what they know or have reported back. Do you think the US secret intelligence community publish their secret op reports on their website. Your pointless dribbling argumentation leads nowhere yet again.

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    Don't look very stealthy to me. Now, if they painted them white........


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    Silly man they fly only at night, when the moon is small.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Looper
    Looks like Rex Tillerson has got the chinks rattled with his hearing comments
    Quote Originally Posted by Looper
    Your pointless dribbling argumentation leads nowhere yet again.
    You imply in your post that some ameristan politicans have China "rattled".

    Adding

    1, a politician winning his post by telling some other politicians what they want to hear.

    with

    2. a piece of knowledge, 3 years old

    does not equal

    3. Your racist, belittling conclusion.

    All based on an article by Popular science, and you say my posts lead nowhere.

    If your after cutting edge knowledge, technological or political, maybe TD is not the place to expect it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsnub
    Definitely contains stolen tech.
    Probably sold to the Chinese by Israel...

    Report: Israel Passes U.S. Military Technology to China - Defensetech

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    Quote Originally Posted by SKkin View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by bsnub
    Definitely contains stolen tech.
    Probably sold to the Chinese by Israel...

    Report: Israel Passes U.S. Military Technology to China - Defensetech
    Wonder what kind of alternative truth our right wing evangelical associates will use to justify this?

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