The drone was developed by ASN Technology Group, which is a specialized Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Research and development company based in China. ASN claims that their UAV is capable of performing aerial reconnaissance, battle field survey, target location, destroy validation and artillery fire adjustment. It is capable of undertaking night time operations as well. According to the ASN officials, the UAV is capable of undertaking missions which require it to be on air continuously for up to 10 hours. The UAV is having an operational range of 125 miles and is capable of supervising very large areas.
The chairman further claimed that Egypt has recently completed the manufacturing of a total of 120 Hongdu JL-8 intermediate jet trainer and light attack aircraft. The aircrafts, which were developed by the China Nanchang Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation, were built and assembled in Egypt under technology transfer agreements. In the first phase, a total of 80 jets were built during the 1999-2005 period. The remaining 40 jets were manufactured during the second phase, which recently got completed. In addition to the Egyptian Air Force (EAF) and the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF), the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) is also using the JL-8 trainers, where it is known as Karakorum-8.
In addition to the JL-8, the EAF is currently operating many basic and intermediate trainer aircraft such as the Embraer EMB 312 Tucano, Grob G 115, and Aero L-39 Albatros in its fleet. It also uses the Hiller OH-23 Raven military helicopters for training its pilots.