Self-made recon robot tested by Chinese army for coastal defense

A reconnaissance robot built by a deputy company commander at a Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) coastal defense brigade is reportedly undergoing combat tests and will soon start missions, which reflects the PLA's grassroots-level modernization, analysts said on June 1. Liu Xuanzun reports in Global Times.
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PLA soldiers test an armed robot developed by an officer to carry out coastal defense reconnaissance tasks. (Picture source: screenshot from China Central Television)

Out of the rising requirements in patrol operations, Captain Zhou Jianlong, deputy commander at a maintenance company under a coastal defense brigade affiliated with the PLA Eastern Theater Command Army, came up with the idea in 2019 of developing a remote-controlled vehicle that can conduct all-terrain patrols and reconnaissance missions on beaches and send data to the command center, China Central Television (CCTV) reported.

Zhou's brigade covers the over 6,000 kilometers of coastline of East China's Zhejiang Province, including many islands, according to CCTV. The vehicle is equipped with cameras, runs on rubber tracks, and is armed with a customized Type 95 auto rifle as its turret, the report said.The robot has entered a combat testing phase and will soon enter service.

Zhou's robot shows that technical personnel in the PLA are capable of making combat-ready and practical high technology equipment.