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Monday, April 15, 2019

China has built the world's first armed amphibious drone boat which military analysts said could be used in land assault operations and is capable of forming a combat triad with aerial drones and other drone ships. In ship form, the 12-meter-long Marine Lizard is a trimaran propelled by a diesel-powered hydrojet and can reach a maximum speed of 50 knots while maintaining stealth. When approaching land, the amphibious drone ship can release four continuous track units hidden under its belly, and travel at 20 kilometers an hour on land. Payloads include an electro-optical system and a radar system. In the weapon department, it is equipped with two machine guns and a vertical launching system for anti-ship and anti-aircraft missiles and it can autonomously sail, avoid obstacles and plan routes.

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This amphibious drone boat is suitable for island assault operations as a swarm of such drone ships could lead an attack following a first wave of artillery and air strikes, an anonymous military expert told the Global Times on Sunday.

Approaching land from the sea is a dangerous task, and the Marine Lizard can take advantage of its unmanned nature to discover enemy positions and provide suppressive fire as troops follow.

The drone boat is also a great choice for coastal defense. The company manager said it can remain dormant on an uninhabited island for up to eight months before engaging in combat once it receives orders. Having a maximum operation range of 1,200 kilometers, the Marine Lizard can be remotely controlled via satellites. The drone is available for export, as it is developed with the needs of international clients (guess who) in mind.

#1 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-04-15 12:49 AM | Reply

Dude. We did this a decade ago. Plus, we have UFO tech. Bring it, China.

#2 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2019-04-15 05:36 AM | Reply

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