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China to use drones to enhance marine surveillance

(People's Daily Online)

08:55, October 10, 2012

Translated by People's Daily Online

China's pilot program for the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as drones, in remote-sensing marine surveillance in Lianyungang, a coastal city in eastern Jiangsu province, recently passed the inspection and acceptance check of the State Oceanic Administration (SOA).

China will use more drones to increase surveillance over its coastal waters, expand its marine surveillance scope, and enhance overall management and control over its territorial waters, including waters around the Huangyan and Diaoyu islands, Suyan Rock, as well as Xisha, Zhongsha, and Nansha islands.

Ang Haisong, a professor at Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, said that an UAV is an aircraft without a human pilot on board. Its flight is either controlled autonomously by computers in the vehicle, or under the wireless remote control of a navigator. Its successful development and use in wars raised the curtain on the era of "non-contact war" centered on long-range intelligent and information weapons.

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