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China to test giant solar-powered surveillance drone

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According to China's ministry of national defense on Wednesday, the China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics is to test an unmanned aerial vehicle with a wingspan of about 40 meters.

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Chinese officials said the drone can fly at very high altitudes, is capable of flying for long periods of time and is easy to maintain, South Korean news agency Yonhap reported.

An airborne early warning and control system can be mounted on the aircraft, and the drone can be used in disaster surveillance, meteorological observation and communication transmissions.

The aircraft can only travel on a designated route at altitudes of 11 miles or lower, but at altitudes above it can roam more freely, thereby enhancing its military value, according to the report.

The drone can cruise at a speed of 90 to 120 mph in the Earth's stratosphere, the CChina drone stated.

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