At an expo that kicked off in Beijing on Monday, China displayed its latest advanced land, sea and air combat robots.
The event is organized by the Chinese Institute of Command and Control, the 9th China Conference on Command and Control and the 7th China Military Intelligent Technology Expo. It will last until Wednesday.
One of the robots unveiled was the Pathbreaker unmanned ground vehicle (UGV). Developed by Beijing North Vehicle Group Corporation under the state-owned China North Industries Group Corporation, the UGV weighs 1.2 tons, runs at a top speed of 30kmph with caterpillar tracks, and is equipped with an armed reconnaissance system which allows it to conduct reconnaissance, fire assault, patrol, search and destroy operations, as well as strike guidance in complicated terrain at high mobility. It can be remotely controlled, or automatically follow combat personnel and independently avoid obstacles, Global Times reported citing the company.
Robo-Shark, an underwater robot that looks just like a small shark, was exhibited by developer Beijing-based Boya Gongdao Robot Technology. It features low noise, long endurance, fast speed and high flexibility. Replacing the traditional propeller, the Robo-Shark's power source is the bionic tailfin, which can give it a top speed of six knots. The sea robot can conduct underwater close-in reconnaissance, search and rescue, battlefield surveillance, anti-submarine, hydrological survey, communications relay and underwater tracking missions.
Beijing Aerospace Zhongfei Technology brought different drones to the expo, including target drones that are not only used in training exercises but also in real combat as decoys, and vertical takeoff and landing drones for reconnaissance and patrol missions. Digital systems used to command and control the combat units were also on display.