PortandTerminal.com, December 23, 2019
WASHINGTON – In 2019 Chinese military contractors began selling armed, killer drones to customers in the Middle East according to Mark Esper, US Secretary of Defense.
Esper was quoted in Defense One in November making the revelation. It’s the first time that a senior Defense official has acknowledged that China is selling drones capable of taking life with little or no human oversight.
“The Chinese government is already exporting some of its most advanced military aerial drones to the Middle East,” Esper told the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence conference.
The Blowfish A3
In September, a Chinese state-owned company called Ziyan showcased a drone called the Blowfish A3 at MAKS 2019, an aviation and space trade show held in Russia. The Blowfish A3 is essentially a helicopter-style drone fitted with a machine gun. It can also be refitted to carry and deliver bombs.
The drone is now being marketed and sold to international buyers including Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.
Here’s a promotional video that features the new Blowfish A3 fitted with a machine gun. Note how the drone adjusts to recoil after firing.
Take a look at another Ziyan’s promotional video for the Blowfish A3 that demonstrates the drone’s ability to be used as a platform for dropping bombs on targets.
The drones are reportedly capable of flying in swarms of 10. According to the US Secretary of Defense, Chinese weapons manufacturers are selling drones advertised as capable of full autonomy, including the ability to conduct lethal targeted strikes.”
“In future battlegrounds, there will be no people fighting”Zeng Yi, senior executive at NORINCO, China’s third-largest defense company
For decades authors, academics, governments and militaries have been grappling with the implications of a fully autonomous battlefield. Theory is about to be made reality on the battlefields of Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.
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