China said it had developed a new hunter drone that could disable other drones and any small aircraft by firing a 16-square-meter web at them.
“Caught by the web, the hostile drone should lose power and fall to ground,” said a report on the Chinese military’s English-language website.
The drone can work alone, but can also integrate with China’s defense system for small, slow and low-flying targets, according to the report.
Called hexacopter, the drone can also perform surveillance and reconnaissance, it said. This is the second drone advance announced by China in recent weeks.
Recently, China displayed the stealth-capable LJ-I, a target drone that will help the People’s Liberation
Army Air Force prepare for any potential combat with the F-35 stealth fighters deployed by the US and its partners in the Pacific.
Designed for target practice, the LJ-I can be flown in formations to simulate actual combat conditions, according to the report on the state-sponsored Global Times.
A video played at the airshow showed a Chinese bomber releasing several of the LJ-I drones, which then simulated an attack on a People’s Liberation Army Navy destroyer.
“The destroyer was able to detect the drones with its radar system despite them being stealthy, launched missiles to destroy those that came from above, and fired a close-in gun to shoot down one skimming over the surface of the sea,” a statement said.
China is a world leader in drone technology, especially smaller, low-cost ones, a fact acknowledged by the Pentagon recently when it set up a program to seek investors in making American counterparts.