China’s Stealth Anti-ship, Anti-sub, Mine-sweeper Drone BoatPosted: July 13, 2016
In addition to the two new stealth reconnaissance drone boats mentioned in my post “China’s New Unmanned Reconnaissance Boats” yesterday, China showcased in the 2nd China Military and Civilian Integration Expo another drone boat that I believe is more powerful for military application.
The boat is called M80 unmanned ocean survey platform. It has a sharp bow and slim body than enable it to be a stealth boat with radar cross section of only 0.01 square meter and a speed of 30 knots.
It is said to be used for civilian resources exploration but can also be used for anti-ship, anti-submarine and mine-sweeping operations.
It is able to cruise for 11 hours, 200 nautical miles and it can transmit the images caught by its camera to its mother ship 15 nautical miles away.
It can continue operation for a dozen and even tens of days to enable its operator to detect and track enemy target and find the best chance to hit the target.
Source: war.163.com “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)