The home-grown "Rainbow 5" drone has successfully completed its maiden flight in northwestern province Gansu.
This latest model is the largest reconnaissance and strike drone in China. and it's designed to perform surveillance, intelligence gathering, electronic warfare, border patrol, island defense and anti-terrorism missions.
The drone has a maximum takeoff weight of three tons and an endurance of over 30 hours -- that means it could detect targets over a longer distance and stave off danger.
The drone's maiden flight lasted about 20 minutes, and according to its operators, all went as expected.