US Big Panic: China tests swarm of ‘suicide drones’ launched from a truck and helicopters
In Pekin presented a new armored vehicle with an integrated kamikaze unmanned aerial vehicle launch system for striking targets and conducting reconnaissance operations.
Although the military off-road vehicle has a maximum speed of 125 km, it is capable of operating in difficult terrain, including jungle and mountains, and is also easily adaptable to the various needs of mobile units. However, its peculiarity lies not in good cross-country ability, but in a hidden missile system. with 12 pneumatic tubes for launching controlled UAVs into the air.
Eight two-meter SULA89 drones can be used for both reconnaissance and attack. Since, in addition to surveillance equipment, they can carry more than 2 kg of explosives each. After detecting a target, they carry out accurate attacks, falling on objects at a speed of 180 km / h. SULA89 are designed to destroy light armored vehicles, field fortifications and enemies in cover.
The other four are SULA30 reconnaissance drones. They are smaller and can stay in the air for more than an hour, passing information command center in real time.
The unit is usually located inside the vehicle and is lifted only during use. This provides an element of surprise, as the vehicle is outwardly indistinguishable from a standard military armored car. According to the developers, the presence of 12 UAVs allows one armored car to organize an attack on several enemy targets at once..
We also previously reported that the US Army plans to equip almost all ground units with the tiny Black Hornet spy drones..
text: Ilya Bauer, photo: Liu Xuanzun / Global Times