Recently, a video of a drone with an armed robot dog went viral on Chinese social media. However, so far it has not been confirmed that the video was recorded during military exercises.
Social network users expressed their criticism toward the Chinese communist regime saying that Chinese officials don’t know how to make good promotion videos and that soldiers are cheaper than robotic dogs.
The video was posted a few days ago on the Chinese Weibo platform by the user Kestrel Defense Blood-Wing, and is affiliated with the Chinese military equipment manufacturing company Kestrel Defense Blood Wing, Kestrel is responsible for the development of the drone and the robot dog seen in the recording.
The footage begins with a drone soaring over the rooftop of a building, carrying something. When the drone lands on the ground, it places the robot dog and the drone is removed. The robot, which is armed, is then seen standing up and begins to walk. The weapon the robot is carrying appears to be a Chinese QBB-97 light machine gun, known as a type 95 LGM in the United States, noted media outlet The War Zone.
The Weibo account is reportedly affiliated with Chinese company Kestrel Defense, and has posted other videos previously showing military equipment, such as wall-piercing radar, reconnaissance balls, and combat exoskeletons.
In the post, user Kestrel Defense Blood-Wing described “War dogs descending from the sky, aerial assault, Red Wing Forward heavy-duty drones deliver combat robot dogs, which can be inserted directly into the weak link behind the enemy to launch a surprise attack or can be placed on the enemy’s roof to occupy commanding heights to suppress firepower. And ground troops [can] conduct a three-dimensional pincer attack against the enemy in the building.”
Apparently, these drones and robot dogs were designed for a specific purpose: attack in urban areas. According to the publication, they will be used in deployments, assault operations, and in accessing complex structures, such as tall buildings in urban areas.
Drones to monitor towns and cities
Da Ji Yuan, an overseas Chinese media outlet, revealed that with COVID-19 outbreaks in some areas of China, the CCP implemented population control measures with the use of drones in urban areas.
The regimes’s stay-at-home orders forced people to stay indoors for several days, in many cases, without food and essential supplies. Several residents in communities, under strict lockdowns, claimed, through social networks, the aid that the government had promised never arrived. However, the regime did send hundreds of drones to monitor citizens.
In Shanghai in April, the government sent drones warning people not to leave their homes. “Control your soul’s desire for freedom. Don’t open the window or sing,” was one of the messages transmitted.
Robot dogs also circled the streets of Shanghai. “Put on a mask, wash your hands, check your temperature,” could be heard day and night in the city.
Chinese spy drones?
This Wednesday, October 5, the U.S. government blacklisted Chinese drone manufacturer DJI, alleging that the company maintains close ties to the People’s Liberation Army.
DJI is one of the leading drone manufacturers. Its products are marketed worldwide and it controls 90% of the commercial drone market.
According to a cybersecurity expert, Klon Kitchen, DJI’s drones “are easy to fly, can be quite small, and are often more affordable than competing offerings.” However, there is a catch: “being a Chinese company, all data collected by DJI must be made available to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), which can add this information to its growing databases on U.S. citizens, critical infrastructure, and other priority espionage targets.”
The U.S. Department of Defense had issued a statement in 2020 warning, “The U.S. government is very concerned about any technology product that brings U.S. data into the territory of an authoritarian state that allows its intelligence services unfettered access to that data or abuses that access. (…)Those concerns apply with equal force to certain devices attached to Chinese-made commercial unmanned aircraft capable of collecting and transferring potentially revealing data about their operations and the individuals and entities that operate them, as China imposes unusually stringent obligations on its citizens to support domestic intelligence activities.”
With these measures implemented by the Department of Defense, DJI is considered a company that collaborates with the People’s Liberation Army and this opens the door for the U.S. to restrict the company’s business transactions within the country.
The Defense Department “is determined to highlight and counter the military-civilian fusion strategy, which supports the People’s Liberation Army’s modernization goals, by ensuring its access to advanced technologies and expertise that are acquired and developed by PRC [People’s Republic of China] companies, universities, and research programs that appear to be civilian entities,” it said in a statement.
The Chinese Communist Party continues to pursue world dominance and displacing the United States from global leadership at any cost. However, the United States is trying to put the brakes on the CCP’s reckless advances, albeit at a pace not as fast as the Chinese Communist Party is doing. Will the United States still be in time to stop it?