Defense experts said the weapons systems showcased for the first time during the National Day parade in Beijing Tuesday demonstrate Chinaâs increasing focus on the development of unmanned systems, missile force and electronic warfare, the Wall Street Journal reported.
One of the weapons displayed at the parade is the DF-17 hypersonic missile. âThereâs simply nothing like it in any Western military force,â Sam Roggeveen, director of the International Security Program at the Lowy Institute in Sydney, said of the missile. âChina is now, in some spheres of military technology, ahead of any Western nation.â
Other weapons paraded by the Peopleâs Liberation Army to mark the Communist Party ruleâs 70th anniversary are the DF-41 intercontinental ballistic missile, Gongji-11 stealth combat aerial drone, DR-8 supersonic aerial drone and the HSU001 unmanned underwater vehicle.
âThis parade illustrates the PLAâs embrace of unmanned operations as critical elements of future combat across all domains of warfare,â said Elsa Kania, a research fellow at Georgetown Universityâs Center for Security and Emerging Technology.
According to the report, the parade is likely to incite calls for stricter controls on tech transfers in the U.S. amid the competition between the country and China for geopolitical and technological superiority.