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The satellite images show what specialist defence website EurAsian Times believes is a Chinese hypersonic drone, possibly the Sharp Sword.

The images were taken at the Malan airbase in Xinjiang province and show a variety of drones lined up on a runway with the distinctive triangular outline of the Sharp Sword visible.

The airbase known to be on the leading edge of the country's unmanned military aircraft development efforts, reports The Drive.

China has put considerable efforts into developing drones for use both in the air and sea, teaming them with Artificial Intelligence to make them capable of operating without human input.

In its recent report into UFOs, one explanation offered by the Pentagon was that advanced Chinese aircraft could be the mysterious objects buzzing US military aircraft.

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