“The test flight of the AR500C came at a time when China-India border tensions have been flaring up, as Chinese border defense troops have bolstered border control measures,” the tabloid said.
An AR500C helicopter drone was tested at an AVIC facility in Poyang, East China’s Jiangxi Province, in which it conducted several aerial maneuvers on Wednesday (May 20). The maiden flight of the AR500C marked a significant technological breakthrough in fields such as rotor and engine design,” Fu said, adding that, “thin air on plateaus usually makes it difficult for aircraft to fly.
India and China are preparing for more turbulence on the border. Several weeks ago, dozens of Indian and Chinese soldiers were injured in a cross-border clash involving fistfights and stone-throwing at a remote but strategically important mountain pass near Tibet.
The violent clash is the first between the two countries since 2017, and it seems border disputes between the nuclear-armed neighbors are not going away anytime soon.