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​Chinese Companies Produce Flying Mortar Drones Capable of Carrying 120 mm Shells for russia, Defying Export Restrictions

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Chinese companies produce specialized drones for russia and transport without any constraints in the form of a “do-it-yourself kit” / screenshots from video
Chinese companies produce specialized drones for russia and transport without any constraints in the form of a “do-it-yourself kit” / screenshots from video

Chinese companies produce specialized drones for russia and transport them without any constraints in the form of a “do-it-yourself kit”

Chinese companies produce drones specifically designed for russia. These drones are equipped for carrying out strikes, with one particular model capable of carrying two 120 mm shells, each weighing around 16 kg.

A video showcasing this Chinese-manufactured drone, referred to as a flying mortar, was shared by Serhii Flash. In the video, the manufacturer can be seen holding a piece of paper displaying the name of the client – Ural Drone Hub.

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Ural Drone Hub is a well-known russian community engaged in drones, their customization, assembly and supply to the russian military. The video showcasing the flying mortar was initially published on the Telegram channel “Разработчик БПЛА” (Developer of UAVs), accompanied by the following post:

“This is exactly why China’s export of such drones is banned. However, if they sell them as a pile of spare parts, it can still be done. Old tricks always work.”

Chinese companies produce specialized drones for russia and transport without any constraints in the form of a “do-it-yourself kit” Defense Express Chinese Companies Produce Flying Mortar Drones Capable of Carrying 120 mm Shells for russia, Defying Export Restrictions
Chinese companies produce specialized drones for russia and transport without any constraints in the form of a “do-it-yourself kit” / screenshot from video

It should be noted that at the end of July, Beijing imposed export restrictions on drones that meet the following requirements:

  • Flight beyond the operator’s line of sight;
  • Flight time exceeding 30 minutes;
  • Maximum takeoff weight of 7 kg;
  • Capability for cargo transportation and/or release;
  • Equipped with advanced night vision and thermal imaging cameras;
  • Possesses powerful on-board radio equipment that does not comply with civilian radio regulations.

These regulations will come into effect on September 1st. However, considering the post, these restrictions can be easily circumvented. Specifically, a drone that fully meets these criteria can simply be disassembled and shipped without any constraints in the form of a “do-it-yourself kit”.

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