China’s Military Unveils Kamikaze Drones That Can Be launched in Swarms

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CH-901 Kamikaze drone and 4X4 carrier on display at the Military Museum of the Chinese People's Revolution in Beijing in Credit: Oedo Soldier, Weibo

At a the Military Museum of the Chinese People’s Revolution in Beijing the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) unveil new drones that are in service, including the the CH-901 “kamikaze” drone.

The CH-901 fixed-wing kamikaze drone weighs 20 pounds and has a top speed of 90 miles per hour. It carries a 1.2-mile-range camera for reconnaissance and can also carry a warhead that it detonates by flying itself into enemy vehicles or positions.

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Hexacopter and fixed-wing drone display at the Military Museum of the Chinese People’s Revolution in Beijing in Credit: Oedo Soldier, Weibo

The PLA also demonstrated an armored vehicle that acts as a mobile launching pad for the kamikaze drone swarms. The vehicle has space for eight of CH-901 drones that are released from pneumatic launch tubes that pop up out of the roof of the armored vehicle. The CH-901 kamikaze drones could be used to provide support to China’s special forces.

The Wing Loong drone, China’s version of the US Reaper drone,

Also unveiled at the military museum was another armored vehicle that has a sliding container that comes out the back and carries three large hexacopter drones. The hexacopter drones are around 4 feet tall, with a wingspan of about 6 and a half feet and have a dome camera mounted on them.

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Hexacopter carrier on display at the Military Museum of the Chinese People’s Revolution in Beijing in Credit: Oedo Soldier, Weibo

Popsi reports that similar sized hexacopter drones such as the Chinese JSSG UAV have a range of around 6-9 miles, 55 minutes of flight endurance, a flight ceiling of over 3,000 feet and a top speed of 50 miles per hour. The main use of the hexacopter drones is for communications and reconnaissance.

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