119 Drones, China’s New Record of Fixed-Wing Drone Grouping

Previously China revealed at Zhuhai Airshow 2016 that it set a record of the grouping of 67 fixed-wing drones. On June 10, Xinhua reported that China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETGC) has succeeded in its test grouping of 119 fixed-wing drones.

It is one more breakthrough in the intellectual grouping of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and indicates China’s leadership in that technology.

The grouping of 119 fixed-wing drones requires the catapulted takeoff of lots of drones within a short interval of time, the concentration of drones in air, division of drones into subgroups for lots of different targets, flying in formation to encircle targets, swarm operation and other maneuvers.

The swarm intelligence in such grouping is regarded as a subversive technology. It has always been regarded by various countries as the core artificial intelligence for unmanned systems. Such grouping enables the formation of large-scale, low-cost and multifunctional drone networks in the sky with automatic control by the collective intelligence of the group. It is very useful in surveillance, reconnaissance and emergency communications.

As the five emerging technologies of artificial intelligence, network information, microelectronics, advanced platform and additive manufacturing develop drastically, there will be the following five characteristics in artificial unmanned grouping: intellectualization of system, maximization of network, minimization of nodes, diversification of platforms and low costs. Such technologies will quicken the progress of serialization of equipment, diversification of application and overall coverage of artificial unmanned grouping.

Source: news.xinhuanet.com “119 Drones, China’s New Record of Fixed-Wing Drone Grouping Test” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)


4 Comments on “119 Drones, China’s New Record of Fixed-Wing Drone Grouping”

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  2. Fre Okin says:

    It won’t be long for China to have networked drones with sufficient speed and range to conduct counter Freedom of Navigation to envelop US Poseidon 8 surveillance plane. These drones will be programmed to identify a flying object like the US plane (friend or foe ID) and stay within a certain distance from it dynamically, emitting close up signal jamming to make P8 useless. This is a safer option than using fighter jets to ‘escort’ US spy plane.