Russia in talks with Chinese drone maker on supplies

SpaceWar.com reports: “Russia is in talks with a Chinese drone maker to supply it with self-explosive drones that could be deployed in Ukraine, German magazine Der Spiegel reported Friday.

The magazine said it has seen information indicating that Russia’s military is negotiating with Chinese drone manufacturer Xi’an Bingo Intelligent Aviation Technology to produce such drones for Moscow on a large scale.

The Chinese manufacturer, the report said, has agreed to build and test 100 ZT-180 prototype drones before delivering them to Russia by April 2023.

Each of the drones is reportedly able to carry between 35 to 50 kilogrammes of explosives.

As a further step, Bingo is reportedly planning to send Russia components and know-how for Moscow to manufacture the drones onsite…”

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