Emerging Trends in China's Development of Unmanned Systems
RAND NATIONAL DEFENSE RESEARCH INST SANTA MONICA CA
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To better understand trends in Chinese unmanned systems research, development, acquisition, and employment, and their potential implications, RAND undertook exploratory analysis to lay an initial foundation for future research on Chinas development and use of unmanned systems, including unmanned aerial vehicles UAVs, unmanned undersea vehicles UUVs, and unmanned surface vessels USVs. The exploratory analysis focused on identifying sources related to Chinese development of maritime unmanned systems, including UUVs, USVs, and UAVs, with an emphasis on systems intended for the maritime environment, because of their relevance to maritime territorial disputes in the East and South China Seas understanding the roles that China sees for unmanned systems analyzing trends in Chinese development of UUVs, USVs, and maritime UAVs, including the key technologies Chinese researchers are pursuing exploring how China could employ unmanned systems in its maritime territorial disputes in the East and South China Seas and identifying areas for further research and potential future developments. The remainder of this report highlights the key findings of this exploratory research project and presents some preliminary analyses of their potential implications.
- Pilotless Aircraft
- Surface Transportation and Equipment
- Submarine Engineering