Cor­po­ra­tion un­veils hex­a­copter hunter-killer drone

Global Times US Edition - - CHINA - By Liu Xuanzun

China has de­vel­oped a drone ca­pa­ble of hunt­ing small, low fly­ing drones, China’s state broad­caster has re­vealed.

The hex­a­copter drone made by a re­search cen­ter un­der the China Aero­space Sci­ence and In­dus­try Cor­po­ra­tion is ca­pa­ble of ap­proach­ing a hos­tile or il­le­gal drone and fir­ing a 16-square-meter net at it, China Cen­tral Tele­vi­sion (CCTV) re­ported on­line on Tues­day via a col­umn on mil­i­tary af­fairs.

Caught by the web, the hos­tile drone should lose power and fall to ground.

The net can be au­tonomously launched by the drone hunter, the re­port said, without dis­clos­ing the type of hunter drone.

It is also a part of China’s in­ter­cep­tion sys­tem against small, slow, low fly­ing tar­gets, CCTV re­ported, not­ing that the drone can work to­gether with land-based rocket launch­ers and radars.

“Small, slow, low-fly­ing air­craft are dif­fi­cult or cost-in­ef­fi­cient for tra­di­tional air de­fense sys­tems to in­ter­cept,” a mil­i­tary ex­pert who asked not to be named told the Global Times on Wed­nes­day.

“As drones be­come more pop­u­lar and com­mon, they bring about more se­cu­rity threats.”

The ex­pert noted the drone can con­duct sur­veil­lance, re­con­nais­sance and bom­bard­ment mis­sions not only in bat­tle, but also in non-com­bat ar­eas.

In Au­gust 2018, two com­mer­cial drones car­ry­ing ex­plo­sives det­o­nated in a failed as­sas­si­na­tion at­tempt on Venezue­lan Pres­i­dent Ni­co­las Maduro when he was de­liv­er­ing a speech, the New York Times re­ported.

The hunter drone and de­tec­tion de­vices can re­duce such threats, the ex­pert said.

Other coun­tries are also developing sim­i­lar weapons.

US drone com­pany Airspace Sys­tems also made a drone ca­pa­ble of cap­tur­ing other drones by shoot­ing a net, US me­dia re­ported in 2016.

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