Skip to comments.The Chinese Navy Is Betting Big On Its New Submarine Hunting Drones
Posted on 04/18/2012 5:59:57 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
The Chinese Navy Is Betting Big On Its New Submarine Hunting Drones
Tackling the long-time nuisance of American submarines off its coastal waters China is deploying drones to its Navy ships.
While not a new development on its own, there are reports of increased drone deployment to the PLA's ships, and a heightened attack against U.S. drone contractors.
UPI reports Chinese hackers have ramped up their barrage of infected emails to glean as much information about the Pentagon's UAV strategy and development as they can.
It's no secret that the Chinese military is in the habit of copying foreign hardware, and while drone technology was previously limited to the U.S. and its allies that's over.
China began developing UAVs in the 1960s just as several American AQM-34G - R models were lost over the Chinese mainland. Spy Flight says one drone was recovered by the Chinese, who maintain they shot it down.
In 1969 China began reverse engineering the drone at the Beijing Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics in an eager bid to figure out the American technology and use it for themselves.
By 1972 the U.S. drone was copied into the WuZhen-5. And when China invaded Vietnam during the war of 1979, China's first drone was used to successfully collect visual intelligence a chilling example of how good China is at counterfeiting military hardware.
But being based on a drone from the 1960s, the Wuzhen-5 is nowhere near as sophisticated as U.S. drones.
And that's why China would be keen to inspect the American RQ-170 Sentinel stealth drone, which Tehran was able to capture last year.
The "Beast of Kandahar" went down to much Iranian fanfare, and after doubts about
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