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China develops advanced ultra-low altitude anti-ship unmanned system

Posted by Dylan Malyasov on

China is developing the unique ultra-low altitude anti-ship unmanned vehicle. Details have emerged of new Chinese unmanned ground effect vehicle that would attack enemy surface ships.

The new ultra-low altitude anti-ship unmanned vehicle exploit the aerodynamic interaction between their wings and the surface- typically the sea – to fly lower and more efficiently than conventional aircraft, while achieving far higher speeds than boats.

According to some source, the next generation anti-ship system combines proven capabilities from the anti-ship missile family with new unmanned ground effect vehicle, which could be used as the basis for a long-range munition.

The new ultra-low altitude anti-ship unmanned system can fly as low as 50 cm above the sea, can reach a maximum altitude of 3,000 m, along with an endurance of 1.5 hours – depending on the flight profile. The maximum take-off weight (MTOW) is 3000 kilograms and can carry a 1000 kg load.

Experts told that defending against these missiles would be extremely challenging, requiring early detection, rapid response.

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