China will become the world’s largest manufacturer of unmanned aerial vehicles within the next decade, according to a report from Russia’s Military-Industrial Courier.
Citing industry analysts, the report also said Chinese arms dealers will account for about half the world’s UAV market by that time as well.
China has made major strides in UAV research and development over the last 10 years. While the domestic aviation industry is still imitating western products it has also begun developing it’s own unique drones, the report also said.
The China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai, Guangdong province has been exhibiting around two dozen new Chinese UAV models annually in recent years, with notable examples being the WZ-200 compact UAV in 2000 and the AN-229A large UAV in 2008.
Full article: China to be UAV market leader in 10 years: Russian report (Want China Times)