New photo shows that China has really copied the U.S. RQ-170 Sentinel stealth drone
The following image, grabbed by Chinese forums, is circulating on the Internet.
Image source: http://hobbyshanghai.com.cn/
It allegedly shows a series of brand new UAVs (unamanned aerial vehicles) one of those resembles the famous Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel, one of those was captured in Iran in 2011.
Previously, in Aug. 2012, The Aviationist published an article titled: Chinese delegation currently in Iran to copy the U.S. stealthy RQ-170 drone captured in 2011 about the news that a group of 17 Chinese expert had visited Iran not only to inspect, but also to collect and bring back to China some key components of the U.S. RQ-170 drone captured by Iran in December 2011.
That article ended with the following text:
“As already explained when commenting Iran’s claims that they had decoded the stealthy drone, while the internal memories were (probably) automatically erased as a consequence of the loss of control procedure and data will never been recovered, the circuitry, lenses, sensors have probably survived the mysterious crash landing.
Therefore they can be evaluated and tested.
And copied, one of the tasks China does better.”
If the above image is genuine, China has already cloned the stealthy drone the U.S. lost (almost intact) in Iran.
Last week Iranian officials claimed they are ready to fly their own RQ-170 copy as well.