China on Thursday, September 8, promoted its answer to the U.S. Switchblade suicide drone among a wide selection of advanced unmanned aerial vehicles popular on the international and domestic market, releasing a video showing them in action. Fan Wei and Liu Xuanzun report in Global Times.
The video, published at a forum on unmanned equipment developed by State-owned China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation in Beijing, displayed live-fire shooting exercises by armed reconnaissance drones like the CH-4 and the CH-5, in addition to rare footage of the launch of the FH-901 suicide drone and the CH-10 tilt-rotor drone.
What appears to be an FH-901 suicide drone is seen attacking a tank target from the top, completely destroying it. Observers called the FH-901 a Chinese equivalent to the US-developed Switchblade suicide drone. The Switchblade earned its recent fame in the Ukraine crisis. The FH-901 can not only be launched from the ground but also be released by aircraft in the sky, including by another larger drone, the Global Times learned.
As the main force in China’s aerospace development and the core force of the national defense science and technology industry, China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation has been committed to the demonstration of unmanned combat systems and the research and development of unmanned equipment systems for many years, the company said.