Algeria and Egypt are the latest nations slated to receive China’s CH-5 and Wing Loong drones, sales that underline Beijing’s increasingly successful global marketing strategy after the US restricted its armed drone exports to even close allies beginning in 2020.
Algeria recently publicly confirmed its order of six CH-5 drones to be delivered in March this year, while US ally Egypt is in talks with China to receive more Wing Loong drones for its air force.
The CH-5 drone is analogous to the US MQ-9 Reaper, with roughly the same dimensions and ability to stay airborne while carrying six missiles for over 30 hours.
China’s Wing Loong is also a competitor to the US MQ-9, though it is intended primarily for reconnaissance and surveillance. In Egyptian service, the Wing Loong has already seen combat against ISIS in the Sinai region.
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