Air Platforms

China claims development of UAV-launching armoured vehicle

09 May 2019

China claims to have developed a “highly mobile” armoured vehicle capable of launching up to 12 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and loitering munitions, according to an 8 May report published by the state-owned Global Times newspaper.

Developed by the Beijing Zhongzi Yanjing Auto Company, the 5.7 m-long and 2.4 m-wide vehicle was displayed at the 6–8 May Beijing Civil-Military Integration Expo 2019, said the report, adding that the 4×4 platform, which can reach a top speed on 125 km/h, can operate in difficult terrain, including jungles and mountains.

The vehicle, the designation of which was not mentioned in the article, reportedly carries 12 pneumatic tubes, which are usually hidden within the vehicle and are only revealed upon use, that can launch the UAVs and munitions.

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