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.
Image credit: Chinese Internet via China Defense Mashup
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The first pic is during a night operation and the second pic is during a daytime training mission. :)
Looks like they just got the latest installment of Ace Combat for Xbox and PS3
LOL! It looks like it spins as it flies.
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.