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

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  • By Elsa Kania
  • China Aerospace Studies Institute, Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL

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. 

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