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Dragon in the Deep: China's Drone Army Set to Replace James Bond 007(But Will They Outsmart Him?)

China ‘Targets’ India In Its Latest Military Venture; Works On ‘007 Drones’ To Fight Indian Army At LAC. The Chinese military and scientists have started the task of developing drones that can replace special agents in the coming decade to carry out high-risk military operations overseas without risking human life.

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Imagine a soldier, invisible and silent, gliding through the water, striking with deadly precision before vanishing without a trace. This isn't a scene from a James Bond movie, but a glimpse into China's ambitious plan to equip its military with next-generation drones capable of handling high-risk, overseas special operations.


While 007 might pull off impossible feats with ease, real-life human agents face immense danger. Enter China's "Drone 007" project, a collaboration between the People's Liberation Army (PLA) and scientists in Chengdu. Their goal? Develop unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that can replace human agents in complex missions within a decade.


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These aren't your average surveillance drones. Picture a machine that traverses vast distances, dives deep underwater, and lies in wait for days. Then, at a command, it bursts from the water, delivers a targeted strike, and disappears back into the depths – all without a human pilot.


China, known for its non-interference policy, rarely sheds light on its overseas operations. However, a research paper by the PLA's 78092 unit, spearheading the project, offers a hypothetical scenario set in 2035. A border conflict erupts with an unnamed neighbor (think: the Yarlung Tsangpo River, shared with India). 

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To minimize costs and escalation, both sides agree on small arms, drones, and anti-aircraft guns.


The mission: a swift, silent attack on a crucial enemy hub 40km behind enemy lines. Enter the "Drone 007" squad. These purpose-built machines must operate alone or in coordinated swarms, navigate river depths undetected, launch torpedoes, and evade enemy fire. 


Imagine them skimming the riverbed, then soaring at low altitudes, striking with precision from afar, and assessing damage, all without human intervention.

a sample 007 drones

This ambitious project draws inspiration from the US military's drone programs. While China boasts the world's largest civilian UAV industry, its military hasn't fully tapped into it. The PLA aims to change that, potentially sparking an arms race focused on overwhelming numbers, cutting-edge tech, and affordability.


The "Drone 007" project is just the beginning. As China's defense needs evolve, expect even more innovative military equipment on the horizon. But with great technological leaps come questions. 


Will these "machines of war" blur ethical lines? Can they truly replicate the human judgment and adaptability crucial in real-world conflicts? Only time will tell if China's "Drone 007" becomes a game-changer or raises more questions than answers.


Edited By: Brahmastra Services 


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