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Sunday, July 05, 2015

China Air Force Deploys Drone for First Time to Monitor Work in Xinjiang Quake

Yi Long (Wing Loong) UAVChina's air force has sent off a drone to the site of an earthquake in the far western region of Xinjiang on July 3, Friday, to monitor rescue and relief work, the first time that the country had used an unmanned aircraft to undertake such a task, according to a report by Reuters.

The report said that China's ambitious drone program is part of modernization efforts for the world's largest armed forces, which it intends to use at home and also for export.

According to a statement from the air force posted on the Defense Ministry's website, the single drone was dispatched to the southern part of Xinjiang shortly after the quake hit and "got a timely understanding of disaster relief needs."

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