Shenyang’s Dark Sword (“Anjian” in Chinese), first revealed at the Zhuhai Airshow in 2006 as a model , is a stealth strike UCAV with forward swept wings, filling a similar niche to US X-45 called the Warrior Eagle.
The Dark Sword has an elongated delta airframe with highly swept aft-mounted wings. It has four cantilevered tail fins, the larger two of which are mounted at the top of the main delta wing, with the other two mounted beneath. The forward fuselage is dominated by a large belly-mounted intake and two apparently retractable canards.
The design hints at a ramjet powered air superiority fighter for extreme long range use however no concrete technical data is currently available.
The first test flights occurred in 2012.
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