Is China developing a strategic bombing drone?

A few days ago, an article published by the Chinese site South China Morning Post Spared the communie of the observers of the Chinese military aviation industry, by announcing that the firm Zhongtian Feilong Intelligent Technology was developing a heavy combat drone, the Feilong 2, whose mission profile would be identical to that of the future American strategic bomber B-21 Raider under development by Northrop Grumman. According to the Chinese company, the prototype is already well advanced, and the entry into service of the FL2 could take place as early as 2026. On the performance side, Zhongtian Feilong announces a high subsonic speed, a range of 7000 km, a ceiling of 15.000 meters, and that it would be able to carry out strategic nuclear or conventional strikes thanks to its great stealth linked among other things to its flying wing profile.

The hypothesis of seeing Beijing equip itself with a fleet of strategic dronized long-range bombers is indeed worrying Westerners. Not only would they represent a strategic threat to the United States and the countries of the Indo-Pacific belt, but we can also imagine that such devices could constitute a formidable anti-ship strike force in the vastness of the Pacific. And as long as drones are equipped with an in-flight refueling pole, their autonomy would be incomparable with that of piloted devices. But it should, however, be more than careful with the announcements made by Zhongtian Feilong, as to the comparison made with the B21 Raider.


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