China air show features military drones

China's biggest air show has opened in the southern province of Guangdong, featuring new types of military drones.

The biennial show in the city of Zhuhai is being held for the first time in three years, as it was canceled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

About 700 groups from 40 countries and territories are displaying more than 100 types of military and commercial aircraft. Some groups are participating online.

Making its debut is the Caihong-6, or Rainbow-6, military drone being developed by a Chinese state-run company.

Compared to previous models, the drone is said to have far better capacity, such as being able to travel up to 800 kilometers per hour and carry up to two tons of missiles.

Visitors also watched demonstration flights by the Chinese reconnaissance and attack drone Wing Loong-2, which is exported to over 10 countries, including Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.

A navy officer from Argentina praised China's military drone technology, and noted that the country already shares a lot of it with the Argentine navy.

Observers say China is showcasing its upgraded military drone technology to keep the United States in check.