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Unmanned Combat Ship Ready for Combat

Unmanned Combat Ship Ready for Combat 26 August, 2019

In February, China's unmanned combat ship, which was exhibited at the 14th International Defence Exhibition and Conference (International Defence Exhibition/ IDEX) in Abu Dhabi, has launched. Jointly developed by No. 716 and No. 702 research institutes under the state-owned China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC), the JARI multi-purpose unmanned combat vessel held its launch ceremony. The launch indicates the world-leading combat drone ship has gained initial combat capability, the statement said. Announcing JARI's combat-readiness immediately after its launch is also an indication of how mature the technologies used on the ship are, a military expert who asked not to be named told the Global Times. Normally a warship needs multiple sea trials before it becomes operational, the expert noted.

The ship has a length of about only 15 meters and a displacement of 20 tons, but is capable of conducting air defence, anti-ship and anti-submarine missions thanks to a phased array radar system, vertical-launched missiles and torpedoes. Some military observers called the ship an unmanned "mini Aegis-class destroyer" because of its radar and missiles.

The JARI can be remotely controlled, but also uses artificial intelligence to autonomously navigate and undertake combat activities once it receives commands, the CCTV report said.

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