Chinese People's Liberation Army to equip suicide drones

The Chinese military authorities have announced the launch of a call for tenders, via the website weain.mil.cn dedicated to this, for the acquisition of two suicide drone models, also called "Loitering munitions" in English, or "vagrant munitions". Already in service with several armed forces around the world, such as in Israel, this type of autonomous drone describes the perimeter assigned to it until a target appears, after which it attacks it by rushing at it. If no target appears, the ammunition can then return to its starting point to be recovered, or self-destruct.

This type of ammunition, which can, depending on the model, be dropped from an aircraft or launched from a vehicle, opens up new tactical opportunities, notably in terms of prohibition and elimination of enemy defense (SEAD). Can be implemented in the form of swarms, they are also a powerful tool for overcoming heavily defended targets, saturating and eliminating their defenses, then hitting the target heavily.

Derived from the Harpy, the IAI Harop is today the operational wandering munition offering the most important performances, with a range of action of 1000 km. It has been ordered by 6 countries including India, Turkey and Germany

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