China´s manufacturers of military equipment have a huge delegation at the Defense Services Asia exhibition at Kuala Lumpur, notes defense expert Wendell Minnick at the Defense News. Ten companies “pushing wares as diverse as armored vests, missiles and submarines”.
The predominant Chinese defense companies exhibiting were China Electronics Technology Group Corp. (CETC), China National Precision Machinery Import and Export Corp. (CPMIEC), China Shipbuilding Trading Co. (CSTC), and Poly Technologies.
The Chinese companies did not come without political baggage. Poly Technologies, for example, was accused of attempting to ship weapons to Zimbabwe during the 2008 election crisis there, but the South African government refused to allow the ship carrying the cargo to unload the arms.
A total of five different UAVs were being offered, though only Poly Technologies provided a model of its multipurpose tactical reconnaissance UAV system, the ASN-209.
The fixed-wing ASN-209 has become a common sight at Asian and Middle Eastern defense exhibitions. Developed by the Xi’an ASN Technology Group, the ASN-209 is a medium-altitude, medium-endurance aircraft with a range of 200 kilometers and a 10-hour endurance. Egypt is reportedly the only foreign country that has procured it.
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