China first unveils practical drone swarm technology, ‘to be used in amphibious landing missions’

The GJ-11 stealth attack drone begins its parade during the National Day Parade held in Beijing on October 1, 2019. Photo: Fan Lingji / GT

China has practically put the technology on hold to use the drone swarm, a concept characterized by the simultaneous and coordinated operation of a large number of drones, which may prove to be very difficult to protect, a Chinese The arms firm recently performed in trials. The new device, capable of deploying from land, sea and air, could play an important role in challenging missions, including amphibious landing operations, analysts said Sunday.

The state-owned China Electronics Technology Group Corporation under the China Academy of Electronics and Information Technology recently conducted tests on a fixed-wing drone swarm system, a Shi’an-based defense journal, Ordnance Industry Science Technology, on Saturday Had reported The academy statement released last week did not reveal the system’s designation.

During the tests, the drones were released from truck-based, 48-unit launchers and aerial helicopters. The report stated that drones were deployed rapidly and simultaneously on transport platforms and the system can launch up to 200 drones at a time.

After being released, the drones switched between various structures and conducted reconnaissance and attack operations on ground targets, the report said, noting that the drones looked similar to China’s domestically manufactured CH-901 , Which is about 1.2 meters long, has a top speed. 150 kilometers per hour and a combat radius of 15 kilometers. Also known as a revolving munition, such drones operate just like a normal drone in reconnaissance missions, but when this command is received can transform itself into a cruise missile and carry out suicide attacks. is.

The drone herd is a concept in which a large number of drones issued at short intervals share information and coordinate and conduct defense operations between the enemy and the enemy. Analysts said deploying a large number of drones but not interacting with them is not technically an actual drone swarm.

The magazine said the test has been carried out in a simulated war scenario, and indicates that the drone swarm system has become the first in China to be practical for use, and it won’t be long before the drone swarm is in military service. Could enter, the magazine said.

Dozens or hundreds of such armed reconnaissance drones can reconnaissance over large areas in swarms and launch coordinated attacks on valuable targets, which can be particularly useful in amphibious landing missions, Beijing-based military expert Wei Dongxu Global told. Sunday times

The enemy will establish beach positions with several mobile and fixed targets, but they will not survive the onslaught of drone swarms, which may be equipped with a variety of warheads, including high explosives and anti-tank rounds, including infantry. , Includes bunkers. And armored vehicles, Wei said.

Drone swarms can also be sent from warships such as ground vehicles and helicopters as well as war planes such as bombers, as drones can then accurately, automatically and intelligently identify and attack maritime and coastal targets. Huh.

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