Chinese AI-operated drone ship completes maiden sea voyage — Analysis

Beijing’s unmanned stealth combat vessel has successfully completed its three-hour maiden sea voyage off Panzhi Island in the East China Sea, Chinese media reported on Saturday.

Global Times, a state newspaper reporting from the government reported that the 200-ton vessel can be transported into “dangerous combat zones”for reconnaissance and combat missions against aircraft, submarines, and other surface vessels. There is no risk of losing anyone aboard.

According to the paper, drones could also be used as coastal defense or alongside larger ships.

You can cruise at more than 20 knots (37 km/h), and the ship is capable of safely sailing in rough seas.

The South China Morning Post noted that the vessel’s design is similar to the US Navy’s stealth guided missile destroyer USS Zumwalt and the Sea Hunter naval drone.

Zou Long, on-site leader of the project, stated that the drone would undergo collision avoidance trials and additional trials.

2019 marked the official launch of the ship. Before sailing to the ocean, it conducted tests on Poyang Lake in eastern China.

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