Germany’s Der Spiegel on Thursday reported that China was negotiating with Russia to supply Kamikaze drones to the Putin regime.
Chinese Xi'an Bingo Intelligent Aviation Technology has reportedly agreed to manufacture and test 100 ZT-180 prototype drones, capable of carrying a 35- to 50 kilogram warhead, before delivering them to the Russian Defense Ministry by April 2023
In a further step, Bingo reportedly plans to deliver components and know-how to Russia so that the country can produce around 100 ZT-180 drones a month on its own
, companies under the control of China's People's Liberation Army had planned to deliver replacement parts for Russia's SU-27 fighter jets and other models
Plans had apparently already been made by Chinese companies to falsify shipping documents to make the parts for military aircraft appear to be replacement parts for civilian aviation
China reportedly agreed to manufacture and test 100 ZT-180 prototype drones to Russia. The drones reportedly have the ability to carry warheads into battle.
At the Munich Security Conference last weekend, U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken dispensed with the usual diplomatic niceties when he reported on his meeting with top Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, delivering a rebuke instead.
“We are very concerned that China is considering providing lethal support to Russia in its aggression against Ukraine,” Blinken told U.S. broadcaster NBC. “And I made clear that that would have serious consequences in our relationship as well.”
China reacted quickly, with a Foreign Ministry spokesperson accusing Blinken of spreading disinformation. But information obtained by DER SPIEGEL indicates that the planned cooperation between Beijing and Moscow goes even further than Blinken makes it sound.
A Warhead up to 50 Kilograms in Weight
According to that information, the Russian military is engaged in negotiations with Chinese drone manufacturer Xi’an Bingo Intelligent Aviation Technology over the mass production of kamikaze drones for Russia. The revelations create a new urgency in the debate over possible Chinese military support for Russia.
Bingo has reportedly agreed to manufacture and test 100 ZT-180 prototype drones before delivering them to the Russian Defense Ministry by April 2023. Military experts believe the ZT-180 is capable of carrying a 35- to 50 kilogram warhead.