The United States, "signal" magazine, United Press International and other media reports, the Chinese Navy's new UAV has been put into actual combat deployment, and played an important role in the exercise. The drone's main function is to establish contact between the fleet and amphibious forces. In the future, they may play the role of "air signal relay station" and "commander" in the battle to capture the island.
According to the United States "signal" magazine reported that China has demonstrated a variety of UAVs in public places, these UAVs are not staying in the conceptual design stage, but a large number of integrated into advanced technology, and has been put into use. In particular, the Chinese navy has incorporated UAVs into its blue water combat system.
Data figure: China X200 vertical take-off and landing UAV, the aircraft can be carried out on the ship to implement marine monitoring tasks
The PLA has publicly controlled unmanned aerial vehicles at sea. The UAV serves the drawing company and conducts aerial photography of the surrounding waters. It is believed that the PLA plays a supporting role in the PLA's reconnaissance in the coastal areas. The unmanned aircraft, codenamed ASN-209, has a wingspan of 7.5 meters and a cruising speed of 140 kilometers, covering the coastal areas of china. United States International News Agency pointed out that the Chinese navy has begun to use UAVs, which may include carrier based uavs.
The new UAV brought into use by the Chinese navy has attracted the attention of the American military. The UAV was with China fleet sailing west Pacific, P-3C patrol aircraft, the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force in monitoring China fleet, found the small UAV in the China frigate top flight, Japan P-3C patrol aircraft took photos of it. It uses a streamlined fuselage, equipped with a square tail and propeller propulsion, the body is 4.6 meters long, than the United States Navy MQ-8 "Fire Scout" UAV smaller.
US Navy MQ-8 "Fire Scout" drone
United States International News Agency pointed out that this UAV is very flexible, can use its own rocket boosters from the sea landing, but also from the ship deck landing. Because of its smaller size, the warship's helicopter hangar can carry several such drones. Warships equipped with such drones are equipped with sophisticated consoles designed to control uavs. The console is equipped with monitors, keyboards and multiple joystick, which shows that the UAV can perform many tasks.
There is not much information about the application of UAVs by the Chinese navy. Although the Japanese Self Defense Force's P-3C patrol plane captured the Chinese Navy drone at sea, it was certain that the radar of Chinese warships could detect the Japanese P-3C patrol at a distant distance. So it is no surprise that the Chinese drone has been photographed - the Chinese navy may have deliberately made Japan catch drones that use the new technology and put on active service.
U.S. weapons analysts believe that the Chinese Navy's UAV has been deployed in actual combat. In the large-scale naval exercises held by the Chinese navy in the South China Sea, UAVs participated and played an important role. The lower part of the head hangs a photoelectric camera for detecting the target. The drone identifies the target and transmits the attack command to the gun. It may also provide communications support services to the fleet. More details about UAVs in the exercise, the outside world can not be informed.
Foreign media pointed out that a large fleet of Chinese Navy will often include dispatched patrol ships, amphibious landing ships, supply ships, anti submarine exercises, in the South China Sea, there may be multiple UAVs are used for maritime communications, support them in Hainan airspace of the people's Liberation Army amphibious forces simulated war. UAVs can accomplish many tasks, including air information relay, information transmission and special situation processing.
At present, an important use of China Navy UAV is to establish a connection between the landing troops took the island and the rear fleet, and act as "air commander" when necessary, receiving instructions to convey to the rear, front troops. This allows the fleet to effectively "remotely control" amphibious forces to carry out beach landings while away from the target shore.
Data figure: South China Sea Fleet amphibious operations pioneer training
Exercises in the South China Sea in the southern theater of the Liberation Army have continued to expand. In the next section of the elbow, the exercise area may expand into Nansha. The Chinese navy may delineate amphibious landing sites there, simulating the battle to capture the island. In the Nansha island war, the Navy drone will play an important role.
According to the United States "defense news" reported that the Chinese Navy equipped with new UAVs, performance and the U.S. Navy's active MQ-8 "Fire Scout" carrier UAV shoulder to shoulder. From 2006 to date, the U. S. "Fire Scout" UAV has been deployed for more than 3500 hours. It has played an important role in combating piracy, executing search and rescue missions, ensuring maritime transport safety and carrying out special operations tasks.
PLA Navy began to use MQ-8 similar UAVs in the sea areas around China to conduct battlefield communications and command, which shows that the combat effectiveness of the PLA amphibious forces has risen to a new height.
Data figure: Chinese UAV Ziyan ZY-800 sea test
Compared with the application of the Chinese Navy's expanding UAVs, the United States Navy is in trouble. There was a "Fire Scout" drone crashed in northern Afghanistan, when the drone was undergoing routine surveillance missions, and the cause of the crash was unknown. Thus, the U.S. military had to order the active fire patrol drones, and launched a comprehensive investigation, including system performance and operational processes. This incident shows that the U.S. military does not have too much advantage in the field of uavs. (translated by Shanghai)
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