China’s new futuristic Unmanned Aerial Vehicle is Straight Out Of “Star Wars” trilogy

Chinese engineers at Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group (CAC), the company conglomerate which produce some of the most successful current and future fighters of the PLAAF (People’s Liberation Army Air Force), must be Star Wars fans.

Indeed, images that have appeared on several Chinese blogs and forums, seem to suggest that the CAC’s new UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle), reportedly a variable wing model, was somehow inspired by the X-wings starfighters from the original Star Wars trilogy.

China X-Wing 2

Image credit: Chinese Internet via China Defense Mashup

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4 Comments

  1. So inspired by this most amazing in design technologies, I now unveil to the global community my “advanced” gen 5 armed UAV concept.

    The first pic is during a night operation and the second pic is during a daytime training mission. :)

  2. It looks like an experimental RC model.
    EDF on top, 2.4GHz rx antennas and ESC cables hanging out, thin rods from servos to the control surfaces etc.

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