Chinese military acquiring suicide drones

The armed forces of People’s Republic of China, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is acquiring two types of loitering munitions, also known as suicide drones Chinese news outlet Global Times reported citing posting from, the Chinese military’s weapon and equipment procurement website.

Global Times said no further details were given about the procurement, including the specifics on the weapons’ performance or number to be purchased, as the procurement is listed as confidential.

However, the Chinese news outlet reported, citing military expert, that suicide drones can provide a wide variety of tactics, with the most useful being attacking time-sensitive targets.

“It can fly to a general area in advance, seek its target while waiting, and attack immediately when it finds the target, the expert said, noting that a missile will need time to launch and travel, which could result in missing the opportunity, and the suicide drone is also cheaper than an armed reconnaissance drone,” Global Times reported.