China’s New Unmanned Reconnaissance Boats


ZC40 unmanned reconnaissance boat

ZC40 unmanned reconnaissance boat

ZC40 unmanned reconnaissance boat

ZC40 unmanned reconnaissance boat

ZC40 unmanned reconnaissance boat

ZC40 unmanned reconnaissance boat

In my post “Is Ashton Carter Teaching China the Way to Attack US Homeland?” yesterday, I mentioned China’s achievements in developing underwater robots but was unable to provide photos of the Haiyan underwater robot and crab torpedo mentioned in my posts. They are perhaps China’s top secrets so that no photos are available from public sources.

However, I am able to provide photos of China’s newest surface robots that are exhibits of China’s recent the 2nd China Military and Civilian Integration Expo, which was referred to as Beijing Military Fair in my post “Photos of Mystic Equipment to Be on Display at Beijing Military Fair” on July 1. The following photos are from two recent reports of China’s military forum war.163.com.

The above are three photos of ZC40 unmanned reconnaissance robot boat. It is one of the two robot boats made by Yuanzhou-Tech. It can be used for environmental protection monitor, search for rescue, security and defense patrol, etc.

Army's unmanned platform on water

Army’s unmanned platform on water

Army's unmanned platform on water

Army’s unmanned platform on water

Army's unmanned platform on water

Army’s unmanned platform on water

Army's unmanned platform on water

Army’s unmanned platform on water

The above are four photos of army’s unmanned platform on water for reconnaissance of the waters. The robot uses radar, visual, laser, infrared and sonar devices and meteorological instruments to monitor the surrounding. It cruises at the speed of 27 knots, has a communication range of 15 km and can keep on operating for 6 hours using diesel fuel and 1.5 hours using batteries.

It is said that there will be a market of unmanned patrol boats worth 60 billion yuan ($10 billion) in the coming 5 years; therefore, Chinese companies are making great efforts to develop them. Yuanzhou-Tech has sold 80 such boats that are now widely used in 29 cities and 13 provinces throughout China.

Sources: war.163.com “Beijing Military Fair: Equipment able to penetrate concrete one meter thick” and “Artificial intelligence equipment at Military and Civilian Integration Expo: one more breakthrough in identifying human face” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the reports in Chinese)

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