UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Inspired by a spider, a new Chinese combat drone is able to wrap its target in a net, depriving it of its strength, and dragging it into a fall.
Chinese engineers have developed a combat drone capable of firing a wide net at its target, according to local media reports.
The new aircraft would also be capable of reconnaissance missions as well as bombing enemy forces. The Chinese public television broadcast a video showing the device “capturing” another device, also controlled remotely, during an exercise.
Designed by the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation, a group owned and managed directly by the government, the drone is equipped with a camera that helps it detect targets.
According to the CCTS channel, the device is able to automatically identify other UAVs, whose presence in the airspace is not allowed, and to intercept them.
China says it has developed a new hunter drone that can disable other drones — or even small aircraft — by firing a 16-square-meter web at them https://t.co/tg2e5S8P4a
— CNN International (@cnni) September 5, 2019
— Global Times (@globaltimesnews) September 4, 2019
The spider-drone trials have been going on for at least a year. According to experts quoted by the European media, the new machine will be able to work in parallel with ground-based missile systems and radars.
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