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  • The PLA’s Unmanned Aerial Systems: New Capabilities for a “New Era” of Chinese Military Power

    The People's Republic of China (PRC) is the world's largest producer of UAVs at this time and captures a vast portion of the commercial market, as well as the military one. While it is important to keep the commercial aspects in mind, this particular paper will focus on military UAVs, their development, deployments, and current and potential uses on the battlefield of today and tomorrow. The paper seeks to serve as a starting point to understand this growing field, and to give analysts a common baseline from which to work, and from which to judge growth, both rapidity and complexity, in the future. 

  • China is building drone planes for its aircraft carriers

     Full report and graphics: https://www.popsci.com/china-drone-planes-aircraft-carrierThey're robotics wingmen for China's carrier pilots.TYPE 003This display at the Military Museum of the Chinese People's Revolution (China's official military museum) in 2016 shows a nuclear-powered carrier with stealthy unmanned combat aerial vehicles.Oedo
  • This people-moving drone has completed more than 1,000 test flights

     Full article and graphics: https://www.popsci.com/ehang-passenger-carrying-droneThe flying taxi could soon be spotted in Dubai and Las Vegas.NO HANDS (OR PILOT TRAINING) NEEDEDThe Ehang 184, a one-person automated helicopter, has made multiple flights with passengers onboard.EhangMost drones are small, and carry nothing except cameras. But Ehang
  • China's new drone company is building a UAV with a 20-ton payload

     Full article and graphics: https://www.popsci.com/chinas-new-drone-company-has-big-plansThat's akin to a medium-sized manned cargo plane.BTB-001This twin-engine, dual-tail MALE (medium altitude, long endurance) attack drone will be able to carry about a ton of payload.WeChat, via by78China's drone newcomer Tengoen Technology (also spelled Tengdun)
  • China is making 1,000-UAV drone swarms now

     Full article and graphics: https://www.popsci.com/china-drone-swarmsThese autonomous swarms can make decisions on how and when to repair themselves.1,180 POINTS OF LIGHTEhang's thousand-strong quadcopter swarm acted as a giant airborne LED screen to display images, like this picture of China.CCTV+At the close of the Global Fortune Forum in
  • Come see China's new hexacopters and self-detonating drones

     Full article and graphics: https://www.popsci.com/china-new-drones-army-hexacoptersWhat the People's Liberation Army has up its sleeve.BCH-901This display at the Military Museum indicates that the 20-pound CH-901 drone, which can be used as a loitering munition, is in service with the People's Liberation Army (PLA). Behind it is a smaller recon
  • China just flew a 130-foot, solar-powered drone designed to stay in the air for months

     Full article and graphics: https://www.popsci.com/china-solar-powered-droneThe CH-T4 has already set a national flight record.CH-T4While it has a wingspan of over 130 feet, the CH-T4 only weighs about 880 pounds—with payload.China DailyMeet China's huge solar-powered drone, a 130-foot-wide machine designed to fly at more than 65,000 feet, for days
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