China develops world’s first armed amphibious drone boat
Beijing: China has successfully tested the world’s first armed amphibious drone boat can used in land assault operations and is capable of forming a combat triad with aerial drones and other drone ships.
According to the reportsm, Built by Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group under China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC), the drone ship, named Marine Lizard, successfully passed delivery checks and left factory on April 8 in Wuhan, capital of Central China’s Hubei Province.
Official said, it Have a maximum operation range of 1,200 kms, the Marine Lizard can be remotely controlled via satellites.
Official said, In ship form, the 12-meter-long Marine Lizard is a trimaran propelled by a diesel-powered hydrojet and can reach a maximum speed of 50 knots while maintaining stealth. When approaching land, the amphibious drone ship can release four continuous track units hidden under its belly, and travel at 20 kms an hour on land.
He further added that the maximum land speed can be increased if larger track units are installed. With about USD 178 billion defence budget, the two million strong Chinese military, the world’s largest, has been focussing on developing a range of new weapons in recent years.