Chinese experts outline tactics to deal with UAVs 4Chinese experts outline tactics to deal with UAVs 4

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are high-tech weapons in modern warfare, with small size and operating at low altitude, making them difficult to detect.

`The Chinese military can determine the location of the UAV base after shooting it down and collecting data. The most effective countermeasure is to attack and destroy the base and destroy all UAVs there.

The statement was made by Chu Than Minh after Air Force magazine, based in the US, reported that the country’s military held a simulation exercise to attack an island in California in September with the MQ-9 UAV.

Air Force magazine said the exercise was the first training event focusing on tactical use of UAVs in the Pacific region, consistent with the US military’s trend of gradually withdrawing operations in the Middle East.

UAV MQ-9 Reaper hovers over Creech Air Force Base, Nevada, USA, June 2015.

The US has increased its military presence in the Asia-Pacific region, sending a series of bombers, reconnaissance aircraft and UAVs flying over the region since the beginning of the year.

MQ-9 is the first UAV to operate continuously for more than 40 hours, with a wingspan of 24 m and 7 weapon pylons, allowing it to carry up to 4 AGM-114 surface-to-surface missiles and two GBU-12 laser guided bombs or bombs.

`The MQ-9 is no longer limited to operating at forward bases or within the continental United States,` Brian Davis, commander of the 29th Strike Squadron based at Holloman Air Force Base, said in the magazine article.

Chinese military experts admit that most of the country’s UAVs cannot deal with the MQ-9, but Beijing can deploy fighters to intercept when US drones enter its airspace.

China’s Winged Dragon II UAV is said to have downed about 16 Turkish Bayraktar TB2 UAVs during the Libyan civil war.

Chinese experts outline tactics to deal with UAVs

Winged Dragon UAV operated by UAE pilots flying near Tripoli, Libya, June 2019.

`China only has two armed UAVs capable of confronting the MQ-9: Winged Dragon II and Thai Hong-5,` said expert Chu Than Minh.

The cost of a Winged Dragon II aircraft is half that of an MQ-9, so China can send many aircraft into battle with the `UAV sea` tactic to deal with American aircraft, said expert Chu Than Minh.

Naval expert Li Jie in Beijing said the Chinese army (PLA) could also deploy J-10, J-11 or J-16 fighters to deal with UAVs.

`China can deploy fighters because they fly faster and higher than UAVs, but on the condition that they can detect enemy aircraft,` Ly Kiet said.

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