Chinese company Xian Bingo Intelligent Aviation Technology reportedly in talks with Russia to supply drones
"Chinese company discusses selling drones to Russia, Der Spiegel reports" 25 February 2023
Russia is in talks with a Chinese manufacturer about buying 100 drones, with a delivery date of April, German magazine Der Spiegel reported on Thursday, without citing specific sources. [...]
Der Spiegel said Chinese drone manufacturer Xian Bingo Intelligent Aviation Technology had said it was prepared to make 100 prototypes of its ZT-180 drone, which the magazine said could carry a 35-50kg warhead.
"I have told China's representatives that it cannot be accepted," German Chancellor Olaf Scholz told ZDF public television earlier on Thursday when asked about less specific reports that China might help Russia. [...]
Der Spiegel said the drone was similar to Iran's Shaheed-136, with which Russia has launched countless attacks on Ukraine, claiming hundreds of lives and damaging civilian infrastructure.
The magazine also said Bingo had plans to help establish a production site for the drone in Russia, where up to 100 aircraft could be made a month.
It added that there had been earlier plans for a company controlled by the Chinese army to send Russia spare parts for its SU-27 warplane.
Bingo did not respond to an emailed request for comment. [...]