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A story in today's (Sept. 21) New York Times tells how Chinese hackers have been gathering information about drone manufacturing. China wants to expand its drone-making capability in a big way.

San Diego is the nation's biggest drone-making location, dominated by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems and Northrop Grumman. Smaller local companies also make drones and components. The National University System Institute for Policy Research earlier this year said that the drone business provides 14,000 jobs in the county and generates $2 billion in annual revenue.

The Chinese version of the Predator, the Wing Loong, or Pterodactyl, was first exported in 2011, says the Times. The American-built Predator is a product of General Atomics.

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John Kitchin Sept. 21, 2013 @ 12:33 p.m.

Suicide bombers are cowards, but guys who operate radio-controlled drones from the safety of an underground bunker are brave. I expect someday to see Chinese drones keeping Americans out of their big ally, Mexico.


Don Bauder Sept. 21, 2013 @ 6:22 p.m.

John Kitchin: Or Chinese drones keeping Mexicans out of the U.S. That would please some U.S. citizens. Best, Don Bauder


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