A 2019 satellite image showing Chinese drones at Malan airbase in Xinjiang. (Image: Chinese media)
China has made rapid strides in drone technology with the Chinese company DJI manufacturing almost 80 percent of the UAVs currently used in the US and Canada. In 2018, there were reports that the Chengdu Aircraft Research & Design Institute (CADI), also called 611 Research and Design Institute, was working on a high-speed reconnaissance UAV.
Recent satellite images accessed by The War Zone show the presence of numerous drones, including Wing Loong and Sharp Sword, in front of UAV hangars at the Malan airbase in Xinjiang province. On a closer look, a black triangular-shaped drone can be seen parked at the site. The UAV was first spotted in 2018, a fact that was highlighted by a French portal. The EurAsian Times has compared the two images, both showing the same drone.