Warplanes: Keeping UAV Secrets


June 10, 2007: China is determined to develop state-of-the-air UAVs, but has so far been frustrated by American success at preventing the transfer of UAV technology to China. Before the U.S. cracked down, China has obtained sufficient Israeli UAV technology to build stuff like the ASN-105, a 308 pound aircraft with a payload if 88 pounds and endurance of only two hours. These have recently been converted from using film cameras, to video cameras. A larger UAV, the ASN-206, weighs 488 pounds, and has much more endurance (about eight hours). China can use off-the-shelf technology for the vidcams and communications. But they are discovering, as the U.S. did, that building a reliable UAV (airframe, engine, electrical system) is where the real challenge is. Thus China is putting a lot of money and talent into building competitive UAVs. This effort includes getting, via purchase, theft or bribery, as much useful foreign UAV technology as possible. Counter-intelligence agencies in the West have noted an increased Chinese interest in UAV technology.


Article Archive

Warplanes: Current 2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 



Help Keep Us Soaring

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling. We need your help in reversing that trend. We would like to add 20 new subscribers this month.

Each month we count on your subscriptions or contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..
Subscribe   Contribute   Close