Taiwan Military Detects the Intrusion of China's WZ-7 UAV

Taiwan Military Detects the Intrusion of China's WZ-7 UAV
Taiwan Military Detects the Intrusion of China's WZ-7 UAV

Taiwan stated that this is the first time the Chinese HALE (High-altitude long-endurance) drone has entered its Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ). This declaration means that the Taiwanese military detected the presence of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Guizhou WZ-7 Soaring Dragon drone in Taiwan's ADIZ on September 15.


Taiwan's Ministry of National Defence (MND) announced that in addition to the WZ-7, 26 PLA Air Force aircraft were detected at that time, including two Su-30 fighter jets, two JH-7 fighter-bombers, four J-16s, and one Y-9 electronic warfare aircraft.

Taiwan emphasized that the appearance of the WZ-7 marked a pattern of increased intrusion by Chinese drones into Taiwan's ADIZ.


Taiwan Military Detects the Intrusion of China

The WZ-7 Soaring Dragon has a "unique" joined-wing design. The UAV has a similar role and mission to the US Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk. It is assumed that its primary mission is aerial surveillance. There are claims that it might be providing data for cruise missiles.