Aquatic Drones to Boost China’s Maritime Power

Aquatic Drones to Boost China’s Maritime Power

As China pursues maritime claims on fronts as diverse as ADIZs and archaeology, South China Morning Post’s Stephen Chen reports on its efforts to develop aquatic drones for environmental and commercial but especially security uses:

Professor Ma Zhongli, robotic vessel expert at Harbin Engineering University, said the government had invested intensively in UAVs, or unmanned aerial vehicles or drones, over the past few decades. Only recently did the authorities realise the practical value and strategic importance of unmanned marine vessels.

Ma said the military was particularly interested in using the vessels for intelligence gathering and drawing enemies’ fire in sea battles. They will be able to carry various payloads from infrared cameras to missile launchers.

[…] “China shares the sea with many countries nearby. In these troubled waters, unmanned vessels can be more effective, convenient and safe than manned ships in many situations. They will also cost less,” she said. “Their power will double if they are deployed with [aerial] drones.” [Source]


Subscribe to CDT


Browsers Unbounded by Lantern

Now, you can combat internet censorship in a new way: by toggling the switch below while browsing China Digital Times, you can provide a secure "bridge" for people who want to freely access information. This open-source project is powered by Lantern, know more about this project.

Google Ads 1

Giving Assistant

Google Ads 2

Anti-censorship Tools

Life Without Walls

Click on the image to download Firefly for circumvention

Open popup

Welcome back!

CDT is a non-profit media site, and we need your support. Your contribution will help us provide more translations, breaking news, and other content you love.