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Serbia: first European market for Chinese drones?

Negotiations for the acquisition of the Caig Pterodactyl I

Is the Chinese defense industry ready to land in Europe? It would seem so, since negotiations are underway between Serbia and China for the purchase of drones (UAVs, Unmanned aerial vehicles) and related technologies, so as to allow Belgrade industries to be able to produce them independently in the future. The possibility would signal Chinese entry into the defense market of continental Europe, but it would also represent a strengthening of relations between Russia and China as Serbia is very close industrially -and not only- to Moscow; increased cooperation after the acquisition of six Mil Mi-17 helicopters, which will be added to the MiG-29 aircraft and the S-300 missile systems purchased from Russia and Belarus. The UAV that should be bought is the Caig Pterodactyl I already in use in the Chinese armed forces, able to fly at medium altitudes for a long period of time (MALE, Medium-Altitude Long-Endurance) and with the possibility to be equipped both of free-falling bombs and laser-guided anti-tank missiles.

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