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Footage released by state-owned Chinese company CETC shows a launcher fire 48 drones skywards before they synchronise mid-air and divebomb the target kamikaze style.
The launcher truck seen in the video is based on the Dongfeng Menshi which itself is modelled on the US Hummer H1, Forbes reports.
Swarming drones, fitted with explosive warheads, have a few advantages over missiles, such as being able to be programmed to hit multiple targets at once without colliding with each other mid-flight.
The footage was released on October 14 and has attracted international attention.
Paul Scharre, a drone warfare expert, was sceptical that the technology was legitimate.
He told The Times : “We can’t see from the Chinese video whether the drones are communicating and coordinating with each other.
“It could just be a launch of drones like the launch of missiles from a multiple-launch rocket system.
“However, the test shows that China is developing swarm drone systems and they could be operational in a few years.”
Swarming technology has simultaneously given rise to counter-swarming programs that would see aerial dogfights with enemy drones.
The US military is also researching technology to jam drone signals.
This comes critics accused China of using “spy drones” on its own citizens under the guise of trying to curb the coronavirus pandemic.
And The Pentagon issued a report claiming that the Chinese navy has “overtaken” the US and is now a serious threat with submarines capable of launching nukes.