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China has been looking to enhance its border security capabilities through the testing of advanced unmanned technology. Private Chinese arms firms are providing the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Tibet Military Command with unmanned, intelligent and advanced weapons and equipment including drones, anti-drone guns and warm clothing made of graphene, giving the troops an edge in their defense of the border. Graphene is known as a very robust material, one of the thinnest materials serving for processing and manufacturing.
Many types of rotor-wing and fixed-wing aerial drones, including the Blowfish A2 helicopter drone and the CW-25 vertical takeoff and landing fixed-wing drone were inspected by the PLA, according to globaltimes.cn citing a Chinese CCTV report.
The systems are specially designed for use in high elevation, low temperature regions, with the aim of conducting unmanned missions including material supply, border defense and management, surveillance and armed reconnaissance along the border of Southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region.
An electronic countermeasure unit under the PLA Tibet Military Command tested a type of anti-drone gun that can detect, locate and jam hostile drones.
Advanced logistics support equipment was also displayed, including portable solar chargers, smart warm clothing made of graphene, portable oxygenators and more. They are intended to provide warmth, supplemental oxygen and hot food to soldiers serving in the hard conditions of Tibet.
A Chinese military analyst who asked not to be named told globaltimes.cn that while large, state-owned companies tend to prefer mass-producing standardized products, border defense troops sometimes have the need to operate specially-designed weapons and equipment that are needed in smaller numbers,