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China begins construction of 300-ton unmanned combat ship

Image from a May 31 ceremony marking the beginning of construction of a new Chinese large unmanned combat ship.
FPI / June 8, 2022

By Richard Fisher

On June 1, an image surfaced on the Chinese Internet from a May 31 ceremony marking the beginning of construction of a new large unmanned combat ship for the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), marking an advance in the next generation warfare technology of autonomous and unmanned weapons platforms.

A detailed model of this ship had originally appeared at an early March 2022 military exhibition in Saudi Arabia, sponsored by the China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC).

While CSSC apparently did not provide any brochure data, a placard noted that the ship would displace 300 tons and consist of a trimaran (three hull) platform powered by pump-jets.

Armaments may include up to eight vertical launched anti-air or anti-ship missiles, anti-submarine or anti-torpedo torpedoes, small vertical take-off unmanned helicopters and a retractable 30mm automatic cannon.

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