(NEWSER) – China is closing the drone-gap with the US military, and it may be thanks to stolen designs. The Asia Times reports China's newly unveiled UAV—the Caihong-4—bears a striking resemblance to the US military's MQ-9 Reaper, especially it its size, landing gear, engine, and tail. The Caihong-4—its name means "rainbow"—made its combat debut this month, blowing up an ISIS position for Iraqi forces, the New York Times reports.
“This is the first time I’ve heard of a Chinese drone, such as the CH-4 (which is basically a clone of the Reaper), reporting an actual kill," one expert writes. It's believed Iraqi forces have at least four Chinese-made drones. And while Chinese drones may not be as good as their US-made counterparts, they come a lot cheaper.
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