Chinese military technology is no laughing matter these days! They are a beast in their own right these days. Here are the most intimidating new weapons and firepower to come out of China.
Pterodactyl Plane (CH-5)
This Medium-Altitude Long-Endurance unmanned aerial vehicle was developed by the Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group. It was first flown in 2009. It has since been used by several countries, including by the Egyptian Air Force in March 2017 to combat ISIS. The aircraft has a 4,400-mile range.
Norinco’s Battle Robot UGV
Norinco (China North Industries Corporation) unveiled a new unmanned ground vehicle in November 2014 in Zhuhai. This little guy is jam-packed with weapons which is why it was dubbed the Battle Robot. It has a self-loading 12-gauge shotgun as its primary weapon.
The H-6 has been around for a few decades, but it’s still being used by China. The aircraft is powerful, capable of producing long-range attacks and engaging in prolonged stand-offs against opponents.
The J-20’s first flight was on January 11, 2011, which only lasted 15 minutes and entered military service in 2017. Experts believe it could have greater stealth capabilities than the American F-22 Raptor.
The J-11 carries both Russian and Chinese weapons. It is definitely not the plane you want to see flying over your nation’s skies. It has a 30mm cannon for pinpoint accuracy, plus it can release free-fall cluster bombs if it feels like it.
China will have one of these parades from time to time to build excitement over their weapons programs. Thankfully, these particular missiles were not real, although they could be a not-so-gentle nod of things to come.
This 155 mm self-propelled howitzer is used by the Chinese, Algerian, Kuwaiti, and Saudi Arabian armies. A crew of five soldiers can fit inside these tanks: a gunner, commander, driver, and two loaders. It’s fully loaded! The PLZ-45 is armed with a 155mm gun and includes a semi-automatic loader. Secondarily, it includes a roof-mounted W-85 heavy machine gun with two sets of four-barrel smoke grenade launchers on the turret’s side.
China is now jumping into the drone scene militarily with this SW-6 UAV. It was revealed by the Aviation Industry Corporation of China at the Airshow China 2016 Exhibition in Zhuhai. It can easily be deployed from an aircraft thanks to it being lightweight.
This isn’t your typical helicopter drone. The CH-500 packs two HJ-10 anti-tank missiles that just might obliterate its opponents with ease, as the vessel can be called upon for a last second airstrike anytime.
Developed by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, this new CH-805 unmanned aerial vehicle closely resembles the American B-2 bomber.
Reaching top speeds of 174 miles per hour, this Harbin Z-19 can quickly surround and target its enemies. It contains two Pylon stores for rockets, in addition to its gun pods and 8x HJ-8 missiles. Oh, and it also contains 8x TY-90 air-to-air missiles.
China houses many of their missiles underground, in vast tunnel complexes. Their nuclear program was developed under Mao during the First Taiwan Strait Crisis of 1954-1955.
This new laser weapons system is emblematic of Mi-6. Called the “Silent Hunter,” it’s a very green product, made from minerals in planet Earth. However, while most green products are good for you, this “Silent Hunter” will destroy you. It was created as a joint venture by the Chinese Academy of Physics Engineering and the Jiuyuan Hi-Tech Equipment Corporation.
A Chinese third generation battle tank developed by Norinco, the VT-4 MBT entered production in 2014. It was first introduced as the MBT-3000 in 2009, but would evolve over the years into the VT-4.
This $19,000 gun is currently used by the Wuhan police to shut off drones that are up to one kilometer away. These were put to the test on March 11, 2017, when officers noticed drones trespassing near a soccer stadium during a game. Just to clarify, these aren’t REAL guns. All they do is disable drones in mid-flight, forcing them to land immediately.
Drone Swarm 2016
China unveiled a series of new drones at an event in Zhuhai in 2016. This would be known as a drone swarm, where a bunch of drones soar towards a target at record pace. Their like a swarm of bees, only these could potentially shoot things at you.
China’s new AG600 seaplane is the answer. The largest seaplane in the world, it’s as big as a Boeing 737. It can carry up to fifty passengers, has a range of 3,100 miles, and can stay aloft for up to twelve hours.
DF-ZF Hypersonic Vehicle
The DF-ZF hypersonic vehicle is seemingly farther along than its American equivalents. The DF-ZF, which travels at speeds between 4,000 and 7,000 miles an hour, has had seven successful tests. Although the Chinese weapon travels more slowly than its American equivalent, it appears much closer to operational status than anything in development in the United States.
ZBD-05 Amphibious Infantry Fighting Vehicle
Developed by Chinese defense contractor Norinco, the ZBD-05 has a crew of three, can carry ten passengers, and has a 30-millimeter cannon mounted in a turret. It has ballistic protection up to .50 caliber rounds and shrapnel, and has a water speed of up to eighteen miles an hour.