China unveils new 'Loyal Wingman' drone concept, named FH-97

china unveils new drone concept

China unveils a new multi-capability long-range drone concept at Airshow China.

The China Aerospace Science Technology Corps (CASTC) unveiled the long-range FH-97 'loyal wingman' combat drone concept Airshow China in Zhuhai. The FH-97 drone concept can carry different types of weapons and has swarm and electronic warfare capabilities.

The FH-97's looks nearly identical to the US-made Kratos XQ-58A, which was made in 2019. The XQ-58A has a maximum speed of Mach 0.85 and a range of about 2,200 nautical miles or nearly 4075kms, but CASTC did not provide the technical specifications of the FH-97. The FH-97 combat drone was developed as "loyal wingman" drones to help protect more expensive crewed fighter jets.  

Zhang Zhongyang, Vice President of CASTC, said they were planning to turn Feihong into a top-notch international brand and become a significant player in drone technology in the world arena.

The United States, India, Britain, Australia, and Russia are some of the countries developing 'loyal wingman' drones. The air force of these will use the drones to assist and protect the controlling 'mother ship' when on duty. China has already exported military drones to the United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, and Serbia.