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China Unveils Latest Military Drone

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China, whose military capabilities are largely mocked by the conventional wisdom, is ignoring the jeers and is rapidly building up not only its navy, but is modernizing its air force now too. Case in point: it just unviled its own military drone, which is a spitting image of the US MQ-9 Reaper, with one typical Chinese twist: it is far cheaper.

From Sky News:

"China has taken the wraps off its latest military drone and fighter plane as the country builds up its defence capabilities.


The unmanned Yi Long drone can carry two missiles and although it looks similar to the MQ-9 Reaper used by the British and US military it is likely to be priced far more cheaply.


Hong Kong's South China Morning Post newspaper put the cost of the Chinese drone at around $1m (£630,000).  Andrei Chang, a Hong Kong-based military expert who edits Kanwa Defence Monthly, said: "The Chinese have spent a lot of money to develop a UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle).


"They know that in future wars unmanned warfare will be very important."


The drone, which is built by China Aviation Industry Corporation (AVIC), was unveiled at an air show in the city of Zhuhai.

Some pictures of what should not be confused with your friendly, neighborhood "Made in the USA" greater-good drone, flying overhead:


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Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:10 | 2977230 Mad Mohel
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Very nice crone of the dlone.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:15 | 2977247 idea_hamster
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I thought that the US's latest military drone was rumored to be John Kerry -- do the Chinese have someone equally (un)inspiring?

How do you say, "Bueller?  Bueller?" in Mandarin?

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:18 | 2977283 francis_sawyer
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They hate us for our FLEEDOM...

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:21 | 2977292 SMG
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China is being built up and the US weakened, so it can be suckered into a war with the US. The final world war to depopulate and control everything by the Elite. Maybe 6-8 years away. Long bomb shelters.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:39 | 2977354 Pladizow
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<----- Probably safer then having a chinese driver?

<------ It looks a little slanted?

So, So Solly!


Tue, 11/13/2012 - 17:09 | 2977511 onebir
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Ni ye shi wang ba dan a. Cao ni yeye!

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 17:14 | 2977522 ultraticum
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Nimen zhong guo ren bing bu hui kai che. 

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 17:30 | 2977597 Manthong
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Big Sis is there to protect us – she knows the score.

Wasn’t she running the DOE for Clinton when our mini-nuke secrets leaked to the Chinese and Loral gave guidance technology to them?

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 18:37 | 2977796 TwoShortPlanks
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China V's NWO.

EDIT: China + NWO....who the fuck knows. In 10 years this could be a prison planet, at this rate.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 19:25 | 2977927 Short Memories
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The US one was probably made in china anyway.

Govt just commandeered the factory


Tue, 11/13/2012 - 22:20 | 2978480 Harlequin001
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coming to a city near you (in America) soon...

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 22:23 | 2978491 AldousHuxley
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WHy in the world develop a drone when your country has BILLION people?


Chinese didn't just copy the technology...they are also copying governance policies.......



Wed, 11/14/2012 - 07:09 | 2979134 TwoShortPlanks
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I think you're forgetting that China makes them for 100th the price, ergo more in the sky. In any case, China's being set-up to replace the US, so they really do need this kinda shit

NOTE: I said "being set-up", meaning, with outside help....I mean, nobody's stupid enough to believe that Rome will always be Rome, and that Empires don't cycle through. The US has served its' purpose and if the global monetary financial cartel are to continue extracting nutrient - like a multi-century old parasite - they're gonna need a new host every now and then.

I just hope they're hot looking parasites, Mathilda May hot:

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 22:21 | 2978485 Harlequin001
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What do you mean, 'in 10 years...'?

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 07:14 | 2979137 TwoShortPlanks
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Oh sorry, typo, I meant 10 minutes.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 18:03 | 2977712 OpenThePodBayDoorHAL
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Q: How do you blind a Chinaman?

A: Put a windshield in front of him.

Seriously though this is gonna get fun. Just like Obama, new Chinese leader Xi Jinping can meet every Tuesday with a notebook full of people to select for pre-crime murder. "Nah, she looks too young, let's pick this guy instead". China can then let fly with their drones to any country in the world, with no declaration of war. Because America says that's OK, go for it.

I wonder where they'll start. Tibet? Or maybe Damascus? Johannesburg? Cleveland?


Wed, 11/14/2012 - 00:06 | 2978762 mkhs
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I could think of a few people in D.C.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 21:04 | 2978254 Real Estate Geek
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The final world war to depopulate and control everything by the Elite. Maybe 6-8 years away. Long bomb shelters. 

 I don’t believe that the elites will try to orchestrate significant depopulation within the near to intermediate term because such an event would stop, or at least significantly retard, technological advancement.  And only technological advancement can deliver to the elites the one thing they want most in this world:  avoidance of senescence and death. 

While we’re not at immediate risk, IMO, all bets are off once the proverbial fountain of youth is discovered.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 23:13 | 2978623 SMG
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I think they've already beat senescence and death.  It's just being kept a secret (I mean look at Kissenger, Buffet, Bush, and their buddies), like many of the other advancements of the last few decades.

I don't know for sure if we are not at immediate risk, so get ready anyway.  Good people need to survive this, if it's going to happen. 

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 17:08 | 2977507 onebir
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Wang ba dan! Gunkai qu a!

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:17 | 2977278 knukles
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"Ron Kelly"

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 17:15 | 2977529 Sokhmate
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Bueller in Mandarin is Buerrer, I guess.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:14 | 2977254 ParkAveFlasher
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Invisiber kirrer!

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:15 | 2977267 HD
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I wonder how many the DHS has on order...

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 17:06 | 2977498 Metalredneck
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Just waiting for the Everyday Low Price at Wal-Mart.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:20 | 2977290 Gully Foyle
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Cut me a fucking break on the cheaper whine.

Anything I buy will have a time limit as to new and improved models. Planned Obsolescence.

Unless maybe if it is handcrafted.

Who really gives a shit if a drone with a camrea is made of cheap plastic or not?

And China has worked out that whole teleportation thing first way before the US.

The previous record of 97 kilometers by a team of researchers in China was published in Nature earlier this month.

(Biden 2016, Won't get caught with his pants down)

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:24 | 2977310 Mad Mohel
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YOU JUST BLEW MY MIND MAN! I didn't know anybody was working on that. Great article.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:38 | 2977360 spartan117
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But, but, but, the Chinese spit and shit on the side of the road.  They're not suppose to be doing this!

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:30 | 2977329 Joe Davola
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Tue, 11/13/2012 - 17:13 | 2977520 savagegoose
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it says it cant be used as comms yet, as the reciever needs to know the Q state of the photon when it was sent. so maybe some sort of quantum filter, only send phontons of a set Q state, then its a matter of zeros and ones. all we recieve will be of state 0, onless there triggered to be 1.s . no need to email the states along normal coms  methods then.


Tue, 11/13/2012 - 20:56 | 2978225 Mediocritas
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Yeah, the problem is that the message cannot possibly be made sense of without a key of exactly the same size as the message. The key alone is also impossible to make sense of but has to be transmitted by traditional means. From a security point of view, it's fine, as nobody can possibly decrypt the message without getting a copy of the key (easy enough) and also a copy of the message (impossible without the receiver being aware of it). So there's no actual teleportation of information (only noise without the key). No laws of physics are being broken.

The suggested fix is interesting, but until recently I would have said it was physically impossible (can't determine quantum state through observation without perturbing state). The theory of "weak measurement" seems to indicate that it *might* be possible (indirect observation) but I remain skeptical until I see a working device. The obvious problem with the 'fix' of course is that if weak measurement is possible, then a man-in-the-middle attack also becomes possible, defeating the whole point of quantum communication.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:11 | 2977237 mrktwtch2
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what there not using footage from top gun??

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:12 | 2977241 Titus Flavius C...
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You can put your weed in there, man.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:31 | 2977334 ShrNfr
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Our generals like to put other things into other places.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:13 | 2977242 Everybodys All ...
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Hey, that looks like the one Obama dropped off in Iran.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:27 | 2977317 Gully Foyle
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Everybodys All ...

Funny about that.

There have been rumors that the US allowed the Soviets to have nuclear secrets, that Powers U2 plane was purposely crashed so that tech could be shared, that W allowed the spy plane to sit to allow that tech to be stolen.

Really how you gonna keep up the scare tactics when the other guy uses rocks against your lasers?

(Biden 2016, another grouchy old white guy with a grudge)

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:42 | 2977373 exi1ed0ne
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Unless the PTB are insanely retarded (not discounting it mind you), if it WAS crashed on purpose to share tech then I think it was far more likely that the tech thus shared had an intentional flaw embedded in it.  Take this hypothetical scenario:

1) US develops paint that masks thermal emissions and radar signature

2) Engineer the paint to have the above propertied, but with one tiny and hard to test portion of the spectrum that it lights up like a friggin beacon

3) Paint your sacrificial lamb with the SECOND paint, or allow for it to be "stolen"

4) Snicker, chortal, guffaw when the flawed goods go into production


Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:55 | 2977428 Herd Redirectio...
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The no. 1 lesson from the 20th century:  Don't start a major war until both sides are under your control.  It was the case in WWI, WWII and the Cold War.  Whose control?  Well, I will leave that to the individual researcher to find out, but heres a hint: The Money Powers.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 17:08 | 2977506 NotApplicable
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That is a nationalist POV, which means, if true, it isn't really the PTB, but a mere faction of useful idiots who believe in the facade.

TPTB, meanwhile, own both sides of all conflicts, thanks to central banking's magic checkbooks.

I'll remind you that Wall St. "created" Hitler. Without a magic checkbook, no one outside of Germany would've ever heard of him.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:12 | 2977243 Hooter Shaker
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I wonder if there is a chink in the armor?

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:21 | 2977294 Mad Mohel
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No sense of humor with them though. They could have painted some slits on the sides for eyes.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:41 | 2977350 Zero Govt
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the chink in the armour is it doesn't have the 'brains' of US intelligence behind it

you know, pickled in epic delusion and paranoia, sees WMD in every 3rd world nations wood shed and increasingly terrorists in every US neighbourhood

I'm less woried about the Chinese copying than US Defence mental health

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 17:52 | 2977677 dugorama
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DHS mental health

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:12 | 2977244 Silverhog
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Wonderful, can't wait to see one overhead.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:21 | 2977296 1100-TACTICAL-12
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How we gonna know which ones to shoot @ ? Sorry Mr.DHS man I thought that there was one of them china drones with a al'kider gehaudie flyin it..

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:28 | 2977319 Doubleguns
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As far as your liberty is concerned, there is NO difference!!! Folks need to understand that right now!!!!

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 17:09 | 2977513 NotApplicable
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Well, to be fair, US drones are likely filled with Chinese chips.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 17:21 | 2977556 EverythingsSuper
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No no you got the terms all mixed up :) That's called Irony!

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 18:14 | 2977743 Overfed
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Tue, 11/13/2012 - 19:27 | 2977930 New_Meat
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"How we gonna know which ones to shoot @ ?"

After D-Day, in Overlord, both sides along the beach fired at all aircraft, on the thesis that the aircraft were so inaccurate that they were a hazard to all ground-dwellers.

That sounds like a good approach to me.

After all, at Benghazi, there were two of our drones in the air, buf fuck-all support for the poor-bastard SEALS.

- Ned

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:29 | 2977324 Dr. Engali
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You won't see it, but the guy next to you will be covered with pink mist.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:13 | 2977248 SILVERGEDDON

China nicknames new drone " Obomba " in honor of the man with a plan. Ha ha ha, velly funny, ha ha ha !

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:16 | 2977271 knukles
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Like Henry Ford said, "Comes in any color as long as it's black."


(God have mercy on my soul)

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:17 | 2977250 Spitzer
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drones don't seem that high tech anyway. They have propellers on the back.

Looks like something you see hanging from the cieling of a hobby shop.


This is more like it...

American scientists are working on new-generation nuclear-powered unmanned aircraft capable of staying in the air for up to several months.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:17 | 2977275 john39
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the men, women and children that get hit with missles and ripped apart usually have no idea that the drone is even present.    in short, beyond insidious...  but rumor has it that drone murdering might earn you a peace prize, so what do i know.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 19:34 | 2977957 New_Meat
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"but rumor has it that drone murdering might earn you a peace prize, so what do i know."

You are on the right track, but you don't know Jack. ;-)

It is the prospect of drone murdering that wins a certain prize, not the actuality.  After all the Quisling prize winner, now doing the drone murdering, didn't play along.  But he is still adored.

Go figure.

- Ned

{and yes, they are rather silent from the ground}

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 08:15 | 2979196 e-recep
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he is murdering for humanitarian reasons. he's a democrat.

if here were a republican he'd be murdering for preemptive security.

so they both do the same thing but have different pretexts.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:29 | 2977325 Joe Davola
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Or beam the power up by lazer.  Gov real intent on 24/7/365 drone presence - does not make me comfortable in the least.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 17:23 | 2977565 NotApplicable
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"powered by nuclear batteries"

So... I take it all of the world's nuclear power plants will be replaced with nuclear "batteries," cuz they're safer!

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 20:10 | 2978063 Matt
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They didn't build nuclear aircraft during the Cold War because it was deemed too dangerous in the event of an accident, the downwind fallout would affect too large an area.

If they are now changing their minds, and are really planning on going ahead with this, it means they are more reckless than during the Cold War, which is terrifying. 

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 18:27 | 2977777 Quantum Nucleonics
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The propeller makes sense when your objective is to maximize endurance and speed isn't important.

Nuclear powered unmanned aircraft are not new.  The US had a program in the 60's and even tested a nuclear powered jet engine with an unlimited range.  The concept was a mach 3 cruise missile that would lob multiple high yield nuclear bombs across the Soviet Union.  The program ran into a "slight" issue though, the engine spewed amounts of radiation.  Everyone under its flight path would receive a lethal dose of radiation.  The bow shock from a low flying mach 3 missile would also have been fatal.  This lead to the alternate concept of having it be unarmed and just fly it back and forth over the USSR till everyone there was dead.

That was almost as neat as the program to develop a giant space launch vehicle propelled by a stream of nuclear explosions.

Better living through nuclear physics!

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 19:36 | 2977963 New_Meat
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+ rocketdyne, baby.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:13 | 2977253 semperfi
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"They didn't build that"  -Barack

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:15 | 2977255 ebworthen
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No doubt a Chinese team was sent to Iran to reverse engineer this new Chinese drone studying the U.S. one shot down by the Republican Guard.

Ditto for the helicopter lost in the Bin Laden raid, and every piece of farm machinery built by John Deere and New Holland; throw in Caterpillar machinery for good measure.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 17:08 | 2977509 Yen Cross
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 You are a smart cookie! I was thinking the same thing, just too "OWS" lazy today! ;-}

  Me likes  ebworthen

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 17:58 | 2977702 Joe Davola
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No doubt China circumvented the embargo on Iranian oil - wait, I needed to put on a sweater vest before channeling Santorum.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 18:32 | 2977790 Quantum Nucleonics
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The drone captured by Iran was a quite different, and far more advanced, design - picture a mini, unmanned stealth bomber.  China probably got the specs for the Reaper right from General Atomics servers.  Someone in their IT department might want to run a virus scan.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 20:02 | 2978036 Papasmurf
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The Chinese didn't have to reverse engineer the US drone.  They have been building them to print for US defense contractors for several years now.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:14 | 2977257 The Gooch
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see rule - .308 for the low fliers.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:14 | 2977258 knukles
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See, without telling anybody a God damned thing, Obie shipped all the Drone Manufacturing Jobs to China.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:14 | 2977260 HD
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China drone "Bom U Soun" proudly made by Foxconn. Ask about our easy financing!

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:31 | 2977333 Dan Conway
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Hopefully the Foxconn slaves installed it with apple's new map technology. 

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 17:22 | 2977558 Agent P
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China declares war on Japan...Finland bombed as a consequence.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:16 | 2977269 Magnix
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With propellers on the back?!, Hahahaha!

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:27 | 2977287 SheepDog-One
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Same as U.S. drones....gotta repay China somehow now we know more about 'how'.

Basically a carbon copy of US Predator drone as far as I can tell Google Image Result for

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 18:11 | 2977733 machineh
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'CBP currently has nine unarmed Predator drones in its arsenal, each purchased at a cost of $18 million dollars.'

Chinese drone cost: 'about $1 million.'

Your cost-plus contracting at work!

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 20:32 | 2978146 Kiwi Pete
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Yeah but you're probably getting more bang for your buck.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:32 | 2977337 Carl Spackler
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And here I thought their drone would be shot out of some 4th of July fireworks (made in China but bought and used behind enemy lines!)... with a little parachute on it.

Silly me.



Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:48 | 2977391 kaiserhoff
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Pusher props are 10% more efficient due to reduced drag.  For some reason, it took the engineers a while to catch that one.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:16 | 2977272 azzhatter
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we aww rearry rearry pwowd of our dwown

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:16 | 2977273 SgtShaftoe
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It appears to be carrying 4 missiles, not 2, or perhaps it has the capacity to carry 4 Estes model rockets.  

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 18:23 | 2977769 youngman
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Silly can also carry 100 Chinese military personal..they are berry berry small

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 07:18 | 2979138 nevket240
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Me tinks you had better re-tink that one. or better still invest in a Holiday there for several months to see what is happening at ground level. I spend a lot of time in Zhuhai, Jida to be exact.

The northerners are not exactly small. The southern Cantonese, yes, but the Notherners, NO.


Tue, 11/13/2012 - 20:23 | 2978116 Matt
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First picture is Chinese drone. Second picture is American Reaper drone.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:17 | 2977274 hapless
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Does it do anything???

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:56 | 2977387 tickhound
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Ours serve, protect and come with golden parachutes.

Hence, freedom fighting drones are more expensive.  What you see here are the terrorist drones.


Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:22 | 2977279 SMG
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Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:18 | 2977280 Norsky
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They'll get cheap enough that everyone can have one!

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:18 | 2977281 buzzsaw99
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They would never use that against usa politicians because they don't want to do us any favors.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:19 | 2977285 The big unzip
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Looks like Bernanke just printed them one.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:20 | 2977286 zilverreiger
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Theres a little chinese with a phone in there controlling it

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:20 | 2977288 sitenine
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Drone wars?!  Let me guess, this is progress right?  As if the social, fiscal, trade, religious, connventional military, etc., etc. wars weren't enough.  Inovation at its very finest...stupid humans.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:21 | 2977298 buzzsaw99
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More unemployment.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:20 | 2977289 Yen Cross
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 The PBoC needs a little work on their composites technology. That thing looks like paper mache, with a screw on top!

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:28 | 2977322 Dan Conway
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It probably has very high lead content.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:30 | 2977330 Yen Cross
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 It drops lead ball bearings.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:21 | 2977291 Kaiser Sousa
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Can u hear that.....
That's the sound of the dying American empire.......

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:21 | 2977295 BandGap
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It was just a matter of time before we saw the Long Dong Drone.

Ratch it fry!

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:22 | 2977297 Lost Wages
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"Don't drone me, bro."

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:22 | 2977299 Duke of Con Dao
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you say drones Tyler? 

my latest has Drones in it, plus Paula Broadwell goofily worrying about such over her head:

YouTube - A New Take on an Old Story: Paula Broadwell - Embedded Biographer to the American Caesar Petraeus

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:35 | 2977346 AnAnonymous
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Time for the US military to make a coup...

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 17:14 | 2977523 Yen Cross
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 WTF? Are you long Lipton, Cambells "coup"?     "Cream of Asinine"?

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 17:26 | 2977586 NotApplicable
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Ya know, I don't care much for the facade of government, but at least it has limits (as the facade must be maintained at some level).

Mix it up with a coup though, and you've just take off the last bit of restraint on the elite who will profit from it.

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 02:50 | 2978989 akak
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Time for the US military to make a coup...

Time for Chinese Citizenism citizens to make a roadside poop ...


Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:22 | 2977300 yogibear
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Just soooo many Chinese/Taiwanese  nationals working for US defense contractors. Both the hardware and software goes directly to China.

Any surprise?

Surprised the Chinese haven't started releasing the new US military designs before the US. Maybe China already has them built but doesn't release them to the media. After all it would look bad for US defense contractors if the Chinese released the newest top secret (LOL) deigns before the US contractors did.


Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:26 | 2977313 Dr. Engali
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How much debt did we convince China to buy for those drones?

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 18:25 | 2977773 youngman
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Actually remember when Iran shot one down..China bought it right away.....

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 20:27 | 2978134 Matt
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Not shot down. GPS spoofed into landing at an Iranian airfield, fully intact.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:26 | 2977315 Martel
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I am Jack's complete lack of surprise.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:27 | 2977316 orangegeek
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Gotta arm the enemy before blasting them out of the sky.  Good excuse to provoke a fight. 

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:38 | 2977323 Yen Cross
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 The 3 guys in the background are drinking "Sapporo beer" and talking on their "FoxConn" phones...

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:50 | 2977396 Aegelis
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Dup post, switching to decaf.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:49 | 2977397 Aegelis
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Make that Tsing-Tao, both of which are fine brews in their own rights but Sapporo would be Japanese.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 17:17 | 2977540 Yen Cross
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 I was doing a bit of satire... The PBoC and BoJ are bantering over some rocks in the "Sea of Japan" right now.

   Tsing-Tao is a nice taste as well ;-)


Tue, 11/13/2012 - 20:37 | 2978167 knukles
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Nothin' like a nice cold formaldehyde Siwo, vintage 1969

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 09:04 | 2979302 Aegelis
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Right on, that scuffle still has me scratching my head.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:29 | 2977327 New England Patriot
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More Chinese copyright infringements.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:34 | 2977331 Dr. Engali
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iDrones...built by Foxconn.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 20:15 | 2977336 SillySalesmanQu...
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Me Yi Long Drone

Me fly very long time

                 Me cost only $5.00

                 Me make nice Christmas gift.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:34 | 2977341 AnAnonymous
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Will sell well to the 'americans' in China...

Could help to reduce some 'american' nations's debt, those who are interested in covering their territory with tons of launched drones.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 17:16 | 2977537 Intoxicologist
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Reply before midnight if you would like a kick in the pants and some apple pie.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:35 | 2977347 Bam_Man
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Available on "Lay-Away" at Wal-Mart!

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 17:41 | 2977645 ParkAveFlasher
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Don't you mean, "Ray-Away"?

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 18:56 | 2977848 takinthehighway
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Buying it from "Warmart"?

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:37 | 2977353 Bam_Man
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You no make that!

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:38 | 2977361 Yen Cross
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 Has PBoC citizenism copied " Hell Fire" missiles yet? 

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:50 | 2977401 Spastica Rex
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Can the Chinese copy an iPhone?

See, there are limits.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 17:28 | 2977594 kalasend
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Google "??iphone" for more:


Tue, 11/13/2012 - 17:29 | 2977600 kalasend
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Aww.....WTF, ASCII-only comments on ZH??

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 17:31 | 2977606 Spastica Rex
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Oh, my!

I also just learned that iPhones are made in China - I assume by robots designed, built, and programmed by Silcon Valley engineers.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:51 | 2977412 Winston Smith 2009
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That second photo is NOT a Chinese drone.  It IS a US MQ9 Reaper armed with Hellfire missiles.  Here's the same photo:

Costs a lot more, but is most likely many times more sophisticated, certainly higher quality and doesn't have an incomprehensible Chinglish instruction manual.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:55 | 2977440 Blkhat117
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No shit he was comparing photos.

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 10:53 | 2979627 Winston Smith 2009
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Then he shouldn't have used "China Drone 2" as the file name for the second photo OR used it as the photo next to the title of this article on the home page as he did.  Plus, he didn't make it clear in his article that the second photo is a US Reaper.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 17:20 | 2977554 Yen Cross
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I like the sheet metal-wood screws holding the crown on, and the landing gear made from spent " melamine cans"!

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 20:39 | 2978175 knukles
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Best laugh of the day.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:52 | 2977414 Blkhat117
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Can anyone say drone race? well anyways Laugh now cry tomorrow I suppose.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:56 | 2977429 Aegelis
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I could see the headlines now, "China bombs U.S. manufacturing plant, no injuries, American workers were on union break/strike/unemployment benefits"

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 17:20 | 2977553 NotApplicable
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Umm... since when are there US manufacturing plants near Americans?

"Made in USA!" = Saipan

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:54 | 2977431 Nassim
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Frankly, this is really scary. The Chinese are not stuck with a massive investment in obsolete tanks and so on. I would not be surprised if the Iranians have smaller drones. I mean, you can almost buy these things on eBay. I guess NATO had better get out of Asia.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 16:55 | 2977437 UGrev
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This is ok.. eventually, the chinese will be so reliant on copying that they won't be able to produce a mother fucking ting on their own.. Then, we build a sleeper tech that they copy and it goes "apeshit and banana's" on them like a chinese version of Gojirra. 

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 17:15 | 2977527 UGrev
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Aww.. someone didn't like my idea. 

Ok, how about what I used to do when I caught someone looking at my paper and they didn't learn the first time; after I wrote all the wrong answers, erased them all and filled in what I thought were the right ones..  when that didn't work, I would just kick the shit out of them. Can we try that? I like tha approach better. 

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 17:33 | 2977616 Agent P
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Good plan, except we'd probably end up buying the product from them and having it go apeshit and banana's on us.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 17:06 | 2977489 1000yrdstare
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+10 for Gojirra reference!

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 17:16 | 2977532 UGrev
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+100 for the +10 and another double plus for knowing what Gojirra is :)

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 20:42 | 2978185 knukles
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Gojirra refers to the size of very noticeably large painful hemorrhoids

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 17:10 | 2977515 onebir
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Ironic fact: for the last few weeks in China, during the "18th big meeting", sale of radio-controlled planes has been banned...

In fact, it seems you can't even send batteries by China Post at the moment.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 17:12 | 2977518 Mongo
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USA => Ctrl + P

China => Ctrl + C

Europe => Ctrl + Alt + Del

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 17:31 | 2977607 EverythingsSuper
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Wrong, USA => (Ctrl + X) * ?

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!