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CETC, a state-owned Chinese company, has released a new video claiming to show the successful test of a ‘barrage swarm’ that launches 48 attack drones to saturate a target. It is described as the first practical Chinese swarming drone system.

The details of the tests carried out in September were released on Tuesday by the Institute of Electronic Science and Technology of China. The drones are launched from a vehicle based on the Dongfeng Menshi, which evolved from a license-built version of the U.S. Hummer H1. The drones are launched with compressed air, then unfold their wings and fly to the target area with an electric-powered propeller. The kamikaze drones carry high-explosive warheads, potentially powerful enough to destroy tanks and other armor. The concept is similar to AeroVironment’s recently-unveiled SwitchBlade 600, but deployed in much larger numbers, with multiple drones aiming to swamp defenses.


China has long had tactical loitering munitions like the 20-pound CH-901, which cruises over the target area beaming back video for the operator to locate a target, then diving in to destroy it on command. In 2018 China displayed a launch vehicle with eight CH-901s, which would be launched one at a time. The difference here is the swarming technology, which means the operator only needs to designate the target. Swarming software ensures that the drones will fly together without colliding, and will co-operate to ensure that all targets are attacked rather than every drone going for the highest-value vehicle.

The video shows the operator tapping on a target from the drone’s-eye video displayed on a tablet computer, which the drones then home in on. And yes, it does look a lot like the drone attack sequence in recent Hollywood blockbuster Angel Has Fallen, which itself was probably inspired by the U.S. Navy’s LOCUST swarming attack drone project in development since 2015.



 

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Pakistan Army will induct these drones when BLA or BRAS type organizations would have also inducted these drones. Probably after 2050
Have to agree. Pakistan Army is stuck in WW-2 Era. And to expect these good for nothing, chain smoking Generals finally start to get some modern knowledge seems like a fantasy for ordinary people.
 

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Army should seriously invest in this now. We should be using drones to protect army convoys as those are being mercilessly targetted by TTP scum. These drones aren't that expensive and should be deployed to support patrols and over the convoys.
 

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Those drones will fly for 2 kilometers only. Battle tanks can hit targets 10 kilometers away
lmao even DJI mavic 2 drone has 8kg range. you think a military drone will have only 2km of operational range? aren't you the same person who started that 'america have 25000 fighter jets' thread? lol can't take you serious. stick to kitchen please.
 

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Those drones will fly for 2 kilometers only. Battle tanks can hit targets 10 kilometers away
These drones have a 15km combat radius (over 30 km maximum range), far exceeding any MBT's ability to hit their targets. It weights 9kg and flies at 150km/h.
Your safe here’s video of new Indian drone swarm
Indian drone swarm
That was unnecessary.
 
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