China's unmanned combat plane completes test flight

By Chen Boyuan
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The Sharp Sword conducts its first flight in a test-flight center in Southwest China at around 1 pm, fans said on, China's most popular military website, adding that the test lasted nearly 20 minutes.[]

China's first stealth unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) completed its test flight on Thursday, making China the fourth country, after the U.S., France and Britain, to possess this type of unmanned combat plane.

The aircraft, named Lijian (Sword), took off on Thursday at 1:00 p.m. sharp, from an undisclosed test flight center in the southwest of the country, according to online military fans. It remained airborne for around 20 minutes before landing.

The combat UAV was designed by AVIC Shenyang Aircraft Design and Research Institute and assembled by AVIC Hongdu Aviation Industry.

Lijian's successful test flight has made China become the fourth country, after the United States (X-47B), France (Dassault nEUROn) and Britain (Taranis), to have independently developed a UCAV.

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