The story of the Wing Loong drone and the Egyptian battle against ISIS in Sinai
The intensity of the confrontations escalated in the Sinai Peninsula between the Egyptian forces and the local arm of ISIS “Wilayet Sinai”, as the Egyptian Task Force 777 has started using Chinese attack drones called Wing Loong.
It is a medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle that was developed by the Chengdu Aircraft Design.
The drone, which can be also used for spying purposes, can be fitted with various weapons and missiles, namely the BA-7 air-to-ground missile, YZ-212 laser-guided bomb, YZ-102A anti-personnel bomb and 50-kilogram LS-6 guided bombs.
This unmanned drone was used in Sinai to search for smuggling tunnels between Gaza and Sinai used by ISIS.
The Egyptian Task Force intensified its operations in Sinai after the fierce attack of ISIS against the Egyptian forces in the region. ISIS has recorded huge losses in Sinai.
The Wing Loong use in Sinai overlaps with field operations carried out by the 777 Egyptian Task unit to confront and arrest extremists.
This week’s operations were focused on Central and North of Sinai.
Egyptian security sources revealed that the news stating that there are non-Egyptian forces involved in the confrontations against ISIS are not true and that the Egyptian forces are highly skilled.
The 777 unit was created in 1978, after the failed operation of al-Saiqa forces to rescue Egyptian hostages.