China launches high-tech bird drones called Doves to spy on its citizens

According to the South China Morning Post Sunday, over the past years, more than 30 Chinese military and government agencies have been reportedly using drones to surveil China’s citizens. The catch is that these drones are made to look like birds. The program is reported to be codenamed “Dove”. A professor at Northwestern Polytechnical University in Xi’an named Song Bifeng reportedly runs the programme. According to CNET, “Song was formerly a senior scientist on the Chengdu J-20, Asia’s first fifth-generation stealth fighter jet, according to the Post.” These bird drones are codenamed Doves and have flapping wings to mimic real birds. To move the wings, a pair of crank-rockers driven by electric motors are used. The scale of this project is still small, but it has good potential for large scale use says Yang Wenqing, a member of Song’s team. “Beijing’s surveillance technologies, however discreet, can be avoided. But these drones will open a “new level of intrusiveness,” Timothy R. Heath, Senior International Defence research analyst at global policy think tank The RAND Corporation, told CNET. Continue> #drone#drones #uav #uas #regulations #DroneExpert #AerialPhotography #Aerial #Tech #Technology #Robotics #Air #Security #Defence

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