The China Academy of Electronics and Information Technology (CAEIT) releases a new video that demonstrates the test of 48 weaponized drones that are being launched from the back of a truck, as reported by The South China Morning Post.
According to The Times, the drones got launched from tubes, with a set of pop-out wings. Each of the drones packed with explosives was controlled by troops on the ground in a tablet device.
Not many details about the test are known so far, but the drones seen in the footage are similar to the previously shown “suicide drone” built by China Poly Defense.
Known as the CH-901, each unit is four feet long and weighs 20 pounds and has the ability to spend two hours in the air and can approach targets at 93 mph.
US manufacturers AeroVironment and Raytheon also built of similar designs.
Also, the Navy’s Office of Naval Research developed a drone similar to it, called Low-Cost UAV Swarming Technology (LOCUST)
While a different demonstration by the CAEIT showed the launch of several drones from a helicopter.
An insider from the People’s Liberation Army said to SCMP. “They’re still in the early development stage and the technical problems are yet to be resolved,”
Further added, “One of the key concerns is the communications system and how to stop it from getting jammed.”
The drone swarms are raising concerns as it can be used to overpower air defence systems by instantly approaching the target from various angles.