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China's 'Dark Sword' stealth drone revealed

By T.K. Randall
June 6, 2018 · Comment icon 50 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 (50)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #41 Posted by OverSword 5 years ago
Then I wonder why the USA kept the wraps on the SR-71 for decades?  Must be very poor strategists here I suppose. 
Comment icon #42 Posted by Piney 5 years ago
Then you have that black triangle shaped "whatisit?" That everybody whose been on a battlefield has seen but nobody knows what it is. Just that it's American and it's REALLY fast.
Comment icon #43 Posted by toast 5 years ago
The image of the "Chinese drone" looks badly faked. It looks so "Iranian".  BTW, where is Bagdad-Bob now?
Comment icon #44 Posted by Piney 5 years ago
Wind tunnel/radar target mockup. Aerospace companies make so many different shapes and sizes it never looks like the finished product anyway.
Comment icon #45 Posted by toast 5 years ago
I dont think its a mockup, I think the object was added by Photoshop because the surface reflections dont match the rest of the image. Its not a Z-movie, its a Z-image
Comment icon #46 Posted by Piney 5 years ago
I stopped wearing my dollar store reading glasses. They give me a headache, so I'm not looking to close.
Comment icon #47 Posted by Occams Razor 5 years ago
The SR71 wasn't a weapons platform.
Comment icon #48 Posted by OverSword 5 years ago
No, it was a top secret military aircraft.  How many "weapons platforms" were kept secret after deployed and most certainly while being developed?  Tanks.  Nuclear artillery.  Drones. Assault Shotguns.  PHASR rifles.  My God the list is longer than a bus.
Comment icon #49 Posted by Occams Razor 5 years ago
The SR71 was a spy plane... spying is usually kept secret, is it not?
Comment icon #50 Posted by OverSword 5 years ago
That was not the initial intent of the SR-71, it became that after they realized it was so fast it would fly into the ordinance it was shooting.  And the rest on my very short list?  All weapons and kept secret. 

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