China Unveils the Naval Variant of the WZ-7 Drone

The People’s Liberation Army released new images of the naval version of the Guizhou WZ-7 “Soaring Dragon” High Altitude Long Endurance (HALE) drone.

Similar to the US Air Force’s Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk, the WZ-7 is a long-range unmanned aircraft capable of providing intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance.

The WZ-7 has a length of 14.3 metres, a wingspan of 25 metres, and a height of 5.4 metres in addition to a maximum take-off weight of 7,500 kg and a mission payload of 650 kg.

Furthermore, it has a maximum altitude of 18,000 metres, a speed of 750 km/h and an operating range of up to 7,000 km.

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