I think he is referring to GJ-11; the fact that it was present at the national day parade.Since when is the Lijian likely in active service?
I think he is referring to GJ-11; the fact that it was present at the national day parade.
This is one instance where I agree with him, albeit it is worth mentioning just because an asset is displayed/revealed at the national day parade only indicates it is in service with the PLA in some form, and doesn't mention how extensively it is in service or how widely it will be procured.
I was surprised as well that it was shown at the parade.That surprises me!?? I know all these reports claiming, that only operational types were displayed, but following the demonstrator's maiden flight in 2013 we haven't seen this UCAV anywhere, not at its facility, not at Malan nor any other PLAAF base related to UAV & UCAs. So at least IMO I'm very much skeptical ...
Can someone confirm what type of engine the GJ-11 is using? Is it the WS-13 or RD-33? Why not use the WS-10 instead of a weaker engine like the WS-13 or RD-33?
Keep in mind that there have been eyewitness reports, from a few years back and written by a guy who claims to be living in Shenyang, that there were multiple "Sharp Sword" airframes flying and that they were of different colors.
Might be a case of extremely tight OPSEC.