A video showing a taxiing run of one of China’s home-made “Sharp Sword” prototypeattack unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) has recently been made available online, quicklyattracting the attention of large numbers of netizens. Interviewed by a media reporter,military expert Meng Xiangqing said that the news of a “Sharp Sword” maiden flight stillneeds to be confirmed officially.
The function of this type of stealth attack UAV is to carry out rapid defense penetrationmissions against long-range and high-value enemy targets, especially targets with a verystrong air defense capacity.
Meng Xiangqing said that many images apparently showing the maiden flight of the”Sharp Sword”,were available online at present. However, this news has not yet beenconfirmed officially. We should await final confirmation from a spokesperson of theMinistry of National Defense.
Explaining the functions and attack strengths of the UAV, Meng Xiangqing said that oneof its tasks on the battlefield was to minimize personnel losses. In addition, it has onemajor advantage: a long hang time. A human-piloted fighter has a flight limit before pilotfatigue sets in; the UAV is not subject to this limitation. As long as its engine and designpermit, an unmanned fighter can hang in the sky for as many hours as its fuel payload cansustain.