Chinese drone developer Zhongtian Feilong claims it has built a prototype for a stealth drone that could take on the US Air Force’s B-21 Raider.
The stealth transport drone, Feilong-2, can be used for surveillance as well as precision strikes on enemy command centers, military airstrips, and aircraft carriers, the South China Morning Post reported.
A heavy-payload stealth strategic bomber, the B-21 Raider is expected to enter service around 2026.
While it matches the B-21 Raider “in terms of speed, attack range, payload, and stealth capabilities,” the Chinese drone is believed to be cheaper and more durable than its competitor.
The multirole high-subsonic unmanned aerial vehicle can be used with a swarm of drones to carry out saturation attacks and do damage assessment.
While it can also identify targets using optical and active radar in difficult weather conditions, the aircraft’s stealth technologies include a special coating that reduces the reflection of radar signals.
The Feilong-2 can fly up to 780km/hour at an altitude of 49,000 feet (15,000 kilometers). It has an internal payload capacity of 6 tonnes and an operating range of 4,350 miles (7,000 kilometers).
In addition to the Feilong-2, Zhongtian Feilong also manufactures an unmanned attack aircraft, long-range reconnaissance aircraft, and a fixed-wing light small drone, China Aerospace Studies Institute in the US reported.