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Chinese Drones Enter The European Market For The First Time

Sep 17, 2019

In the past 10 years, China has made great achievements in selling domestically produced drones overseas. With its superb technology and reputation in the international market, it has entered the European market for the first time. Why are Chinese drones increasingly popular in the global market?


On September 10, the Serbian military said in an interview with the media that it would purchase nine pterosaur No. 1 armed drones from China Aircraft Industry Group. And it is possible to purchase 15 pterosaur armed drones in the future. Serbian Defense Minister Alexander Wolin believes that the move to buy drones from China will greatly enhance the armed forces of the Serbian army and gain the capabilities that were not available in the past. Why is Serbia giving priority to purchasing from China?


It is understood that the Serbian procurement of the Chinese pterosaur No. 1 UAV also introduced the production line of the pterosaur UAV, and Chinese experts also provide production guidance and transfer technology. In this regard, many netizens have been vocal about exporting weapons to China and transferring production lines and production techniques. They believe that such weapons should be firmly in the hands of their own technology, and that exporting only does not sell technology. Why can't we block weapon technology like the US? In fact, the export of the production line is inclusive of China's long-term planning and planning. Some military experts analyzed that this is a big chess game in China.


In the long run, export production lines will make these buying countries dependent on China's weapons systems. The rapid development of modern science and technology is very fast, and there will always be more advanced weapons for people to choose. The move of China's export production line can effectively resist this phenomenon. Because the countries that purchase Chinese weapons have built a complete production line in their own countries, in the subsequent production, Chinese experts also provide production guidance and transfer technology, and the large amount of funds and technology research and development will cause them to worry. The US’s arms exports have always only bought weapons to buy technology, and completely blocked the technology. In such a strong contrast, the outcome can be imagined. After all, it’s better to have technology than to rely on “others”.


In fact, this is not the first time that Chinese drones have been exported to foreign countries. So far, Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan and other countries have purchased pterosaur drones from China. The pterosaur 1 armed drone can carry 440 pounds (199 kilograms) of weapons and reconnaissance equipment. It can travel up to 2,500 miles (4,023 kilometers) and can stay in the air for 20 hours. Its combat power is similar to the American Reaper MQ-9 drone. According to local media reports in Serbia, the Chinese pterosaur drone acquired by Serbia will also be equipped with laser-guided missiles and bombs. The performance is equivalent, but the price of drones in China is much lower than that of the United States. The high price and low price make the "Pterosaur" popular in the international market. Of course, the reason why the pterosaur drone has market competitiveness is not only these.