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The PLA's Unmanned Aerial Systems: New Capabilities for a "New Era" of Chinese Military Power

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[Technical Report, Research Paper]

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China Aerospace Studies Institute

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The Chinese Peoples Liberation Army PLA continues to work diligently on all aspects of their aerospace forces. This includes areas not only of traditional aircraft, but also in more modern, and some cutting edge, technologies. The UAV is one area in which the Peoples Republic of China, and the PLA in specific, has invested significant time and effort. While we recognize that the term unmanned is the common and official term, it is rather misleading in the fact that humans, at least up until today, still play a critical role in their operations.


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  • Pilotless Aircraft
  • Military Forces and Organizations

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[A, Approved For Public Release]