China unveiled what it claims to be the world’s fastest armed unmanned surface vehicle (USV) during the All China Maritime Conference and Exhibition (Marintec China) held between 5 and 8 December in Shanghai.
Citing the Science and Technology Daily , Chinese news website ecns.cn reported on 15 December that the new USV, called the Tianxing-1, has a full-load displacement of 7.5 tonnes, is 12.2 m long, and can reach a top speed of 92.6 km/h (50 kt) using a hybrid power source.
A picture taken at the exhibition shows what appears to be a scale model of the platform equipped with a remote weapon station (RWS) similar to the Chinese-built ORW-1.
The platform, the hull of which is similar to that of a hovercraft, is the result of a research and development collaboration between Harbin Engineering University and the Shenzhen-based company HiSiBi, and was completed in September, according to the report.
Huang Zhuo, a HiSiBi representative, was quoted by ecns.cn as saying that “the USV can be used in maritime law enforcement and as an addition to navy manpower”.
As Jane’s reported in December 2015, the ORW-1 is equipped with a Type-88 (QJC88) 12.7 mm heavy MG and features an electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) sensor system and gyro-stabilisation for enhanced firing accuracy out to a maximum range of 1,500 m.
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