Beijing Building Military Drones to Rival US in War, Leaked File Shows

A NASA Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle, or drone aircraft, is stored inside an airplane hangar during a Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel, or HS3, mission at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Va., on Sept. 10, 2013. (Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images)

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The Chinese regime has been actively growing its fleet of unmanned aircrafts to spy on and compete with adversaries such as the United States, a leaked document from China’s Ministry of National Defense reveals.

The July 2017 document, supplied to The Epoch Times by a trusted source, described Beijing’s ambition to dominate what it called “full dimensional warfare”—referring to control over sea, land, air, space, and the electromagnetic spectrum where military equipment communicates—by developing advanced military drones.

To accomplish the above, the regime detailed a plan to design one to two types of small, long-range military drones and establish a factory to produce 1,000 drones per year. The document stated there would be a 130 million yuan (about $20 million) investment to build the drone-making firm that would begin production by the end of 2018.

“Implementation of the program will arm our national defense with the latest combat power in future vertical warfare and make it capable to contend with U.S. military weapons, giving it marked military significance,” the document stated.

While the file did not reveal the cost for making such drones, a 2017 directive from the Party’s Equipment Development Department described a project that matched the description of the above-mentioned drones, with an estimated budget of around 6 million yuan ($927,859) to build a prototype and publish a flight test report by 2020.

The Chinese defense department document branded such drones as critical to “whether a nation could engage in modern-day combat.”

“In future warfare, seizing more information resources while controlling and restricting other nations’ information will be a key component for competing with nations during peaceful periods, and an important combat strategy in times of war,” it said, citing “low costs” and the “ability to fight in a dangerous environment” as some of the features that made these drones desirable.

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