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Your Digital Self: Chinese military drones rival the best of the U.S.

Not too long ago, Chinese dollar stores could be found on almost every corner in Croatia, and everyone knew that if you couldn’t afford a quality product, there was bound to be a “good enough” knock-off available in those shops.

The same thing could be said for Chinese drones. Unlike those made in the U.S., Chinese drones are cheap and readily available. For about $4 million, the price of a single U.S.-made MQ-1 Predator, one could buy four Chinese Wing Loong units.

“China is known to have difficulties in developing aero-engine technology, and this is also true for UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) engines,” Kelvin Wong, an Asia-Pacific defense-technology reporter at IHS, wrote in an email to the New York Times.

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