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China's 'Dark Sword' stealth drone revealed

Posted on Wednesday, 6 June, 2018 | Comment icon 35 comments

Is this China's new secretive stealth drone ? Image Credit: Handout
A recently released photograph appears to confirm the existence of a secretive Chinese drone project.
The idea that China has been developing a supersonic, radar-evading drone has been around for years now, but if this picture is anything to go by, it looks as though it may be more than just a rumor.

Known as 'Dark Sword', the drone can be seen in this reportedly official photograph that was released earlier this month. Some claim that the aircraft in the image has a supersonic intake vent and stabilisers similar to those found on the US F-22 Raptor jet.

Much about the picture however remains a mystery, such as when it was taken or whether or not the aircraft is actually operational. It is also unclear who the group of people are in the foreground.

"Looks like a mock-up for a supersonic stealth drone, but an official AVIC mock-up," said drone expert Patrick Lin at the California Polytechnic State University.

"Without knowing when this photo was taken, it'd be hard to figure out how far it is along."

Source: The Daily Beast | Comments (35)

Tags: Dark Sword, China

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #26 Posted by OverSword on 8 June, 2018, 15:21
Aww Schucks. Why would anyone think that think that?
Comment icon #27 Posted by paperdyer on 8 June, 2018, 16:38
@Oversword - I never said we were stupid, just not as smart as we think we are.
Comment icon #28 Posted by Marcin on 8 June, 2018, 22:57
Take into consideration the immeasurable over-spending while doing their military spending, how many swindlers got caught - and more importantly how many more didn't, inflating the prices of items on orders for that great big military machine, M4 screws for what amounts to $10 a pop instead of 10 cents etc. No doubt US military spending is huge, biggest in the world, but at the end of that long chain, how much of that funding actually makes it down to a practical field use by amilitary force, and how much is sucked up by bebureaucracy, overpriced orders getting away with it since the orde... [More]
Comment icon #29 Posted by Farmer77 on 8 June, 2018, 23:11
A different perspective on that is that perhaps the military never actually did pay 10 dollars instead of 10 cents, maybe they didn't buy that thousand dollar hammer, they just told us they did because that was the quickest way to account for the money which was being spent elsewhere, I.E black ops projects.
Comment icon #30 Posted by OverSword on 8 June, 2018, 23:58
You are so wrong. China is not how you picture it. I watched a documentary on NHK about the construction of the first trans-china highway (which is not very old to clue you in on Chinese organization and infrastructure) It was a nightmare of graft, bribery and organized crime gangs with corrupt construction companies fleecing everyone throughout the entire endeavor. You may think that the government has everyone in a terrified lock-step but that is not the reality.
Comment icon #31 Posted by OverSword on 9 June, 2018, 0:01
regardless we are light years ahead of China in military technology and budget.
Comment icon #32 Posted by Occams Razor on 13 June, 2018, 2:07
Oh... I don't know:
Comment icon #33 Posted by OverSword on 13 June, 2018, 15:31
Yes I've seen this but at no point do they say this design would be used for dog fighting purposes which is what the discussion is about. As a matter of fact the man being interviewed said only in the realm of fantasy. As I stated earlier drones are currently being used in a capacity that is perfect for their comparatively limited capabilities.
Comment icon #34 Posted by Occams Razor on 14 June, 2018, 0:10
Comment icon #35 Posted by OverSword on 14 June, 2018, 15:19
Only because they are relying on it's stealth capabilities not because it could actually compete with a pilot in a seat. Even the Americans F-117 nighthawk, although called a stealth fighter is only used on bombing missions because it's too vulnerable in an actual dog fighter role. But regardless this is England and France not China. Although it wouldn't surprise me if the traitor Clinton gave the Chinese access to stealth technology we have no evidence of this and the drone from the photo of the OP is not a stealth craft by any stretch of the imagination, which is what this thread is about... [More]

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