China has displayed a group of drones that can ‘paralyze and supress’ enemy early-warning and command-communication system at a military parade to mark the 90 anniversary of the Peoples’ Liberation Army (PLA).
Global Times quoting Wu Yafei, head of the ‘electronic confrontation’ formation at the parade said that among the many armaments that were on parade at the Zhurihe military training base yesterday, there were 16 items of the PLA's latest electronic warfare equipment that can disrupt enemy radar and communication in air defense and field battles.
In addition to the drone swarm, the Y-8 electronic attack aircraft which can jam electronic systems of enemy defensive, offensive and communication systems was also on display, Wu was quoted as saying.
China has take a lead in military drone applications including attack, reconnaissance and now electronic attack.
In early June this year, Chinese media reported that the China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC), had launched 119 fixed-wing drone to function as "swarm intelligence". Quoting Zhao Yanjie, an engineer with CETC, the reports had said that intelligent swarms have become a disruptive force to "change rules of the game".
China is believed to have exported armed drones to Saudi Arabia and Egypt.