posted on Nov, 5 2018 @ 04:27 PM
I am beginning to feel like I am the forum's informant on overseas aviation projects, at least those not in Europe and the US.
The Chinese have not been resting on their laurels when it comes to UAV development. They are rapidly closing with the US and we are ... sitting on
our duffs in some ways. At least for the white world, we keep arguing over things instead of making progress or, in the case of the Navy, trying to
find any way possible to kill the aircraft before it can assimilate the flight deck, ahem, threaten their Rhinos.
The Chinese have two flying wing UAVs they are showing off at the Zhuhai Air show. The first looks like an X-47B clone at first glance, but, really,
it is anything but. Look at the wings and tail to see huge differences. Form follows function, folks. However, their intent seems to be to place
them on the carriers.
The second one looks like an update to the UCAV they had a few years back that looked like the Russian Mikoyan Skat. The tail is wildly different
now. The engine no longer sticks out like a giant sausage (politely put).
I want to emphasize this one last time: just because it looks similar, doesn't mean it is a rip off/copy/stolen design/etc. While it is possible
these were, I suspect the Chinese are just going down a similar route and making similar decisions. The MiG-25 and the F-15 were not rip offs of each
other. Form follows function.
And I also know most of ATS will ignore that and go on about how much junk China produces and they are stealing all our stuff. sigh.
1. The Skat was such a terrible name. But! It makes sense in Russian since it means Skate, the type of fish.