Third Egyptian Wing Loong Deployment Located

Maxar imagery acquired in October 2017.

Satellite imagery acquired by Maxar reveals that Egypt has deployed the Wing Loong I unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to Dakhla airport near Mut, New Valley Governorate. Imagery first captured the UAV parked outside of a new hangar in October 2017. Dakhla is the third operational location with which the platform has been associated.

A review of imagery shows that the airfield was expanded to support the UAVs between 2015 – 2017. During that period, workers constructed a new parking ramp, four aircraft hangars, and a weapons storage area. Recent commercial imagery acquired in 2019 continues to show the UAVs operating from the airport.

The Wing Loong I, developed by China’s Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group, is a medium altitude long endurance (MALE) UAV. It’s powered by 100-hp ROTAX 914 push-propeller engine and is capable of carrying up to a 200-kg payload, including the 50-kg Blue Arrow-7 missile and other PGMs. In October 2018, Egypt released handheld video of the platform for the Air Force’s 45th anniversary where it appeared armed with the Blue Arrow-7.

Other locations the Wing Loong I have been spotted include Uthman air base near the Libyan border and Bir Gifgafa in the Sinai.

Egypt along with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) remain the only operators in the region. Egypt reportedly ordered the more capable Wing Loong II in December 2018, joining Saudi Arabia as a future operator. The UAE already operates the Wing Loong II and has used the larger variant in the conflict in Yemen.

This entry was posted in Drones, Egypt, Intelligence, Technology.

2 Responses to Third Egyptian Wing Loong Deployment Located

  1. Daniel says:

    Es waere interessant zu erfahren, wie Aegypten sich sein massives Aufruesten ueber alle Waffengattungen leisten kann? Bei der Massenarmut, Massenarbeitslosigkeit, Massenanalpabhabetismus und Massenkorruption. Wie kann das sein?

    • Ganz einfach: Die Infrastrukturen kosten nichts. Sie werden von den Chinesen “zur Verfügung” gestellt – kostenfrei. Die Chinesen mieten die Region für 99 Jahre und bauen alles auf ein Maximum aus inkl. Strassen. Danach hat Ägypten keinerlei Verfügung mehr darüber. Der Westen ist leider auf schnellen Gewinn aus und verpasste die Chance. Chinesen machen ausschließlich Long-Term-Geschäfte: eben auf 99 Jahre und darüber. Präsident Al Sissi führt die Amerikaner und den Westen an der Nase herum – und die Chinesen lenken im Hintergrund. Darum ist China noch heute eine erfolgreiche Hochkultur und der Westen marginalisiert sich selbst. Die Region um Dakhla ist seit 2014 gesperrt -aus Sicherheitsgründen. Die Region ist Rohstoffreich und verfügt über Mangan, Eisen, Gold und seltene Erden.

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