Friday, February 22, 2013

Chinese Plan to Kill Drug Lord With Myanmar Drone Bombing

 China has regarded drone strike using in a mountainous area of ​​Southeast Asia to kill a drug lord Myanmar wanted in the murders of 13 Chinese sailors, goal Decided to INSTEAD capture him alive, selon year influential state-run newspaper.

The Plan to use a drone Described to the Global Times newspaper by a senior public security official, highlights China's Increasing advances in unmanned aerial warfare, a technology dominated by the United States and used Widely by the Obama administration for the Targeted killing of terrorists.

Liu Yuejin, the director of the Ministry of Public Security's antidrug office Told the newspaper in year Article published online on Tuesday que le Plan Called for using a drone carrying explosives to bomb the outlaw's hide-out in the opium-growing area of ​​Myanmar, in the Golden Triangle at the intersection of Laos, Thailand and Vietnam.

China's law enforcement officials under pressure from year Were outraged public to take Effective Action 13 Chinese sailors on two cargo ships laden with narcotics Were killed in October 2011 on the Mekong River. Photos of the dead sailors, gagged and blindfolded Their bodies with head wounds and some execution-style killings Suggesting, circulated on China's Internet.

It was one of the MOST brutal assaults on Chinese Citizens Abroad in recent years. Naw Kham, a member of Myanmar's ethnic Shan Minority major drug trafficker and has, in the murders was Suspected.

A manhunt by the Chinese font in the jungles of the Golden Triangle produced no results, and security Officials turned to a drone strike as a possible solution.

Dennis M. Gormley, an expert on unmanned aircraft at the University of Pittsburgh, reported about Chinese Said of the deliberations, "Separating fact from fiction here is difficult." He added Purpose, "Given the kind of gruesome killings and the 2011's the Chinese public outcry for action, it's not at all surprising to imagine China Employing year armed drone over Myanmar's territory. "

Mr. Gormley Said the decision not to carry out a drone strike might Reflect a Lack of confidence in untested Chinese craft, control systems or drone pilots. "I think China's still not ready for prime time using armed drones, will be surely They aim with a FEW more years of practice Determined," he said. "And They will surely Have America's armed drone practice as a convenient cover for legitimating Their Own practice."

China's global navigation system, Beidou, Would have beens used to guide the UAV to the target, Mr. Liu said. China's goal is for the Beidou system to Compete with the United States' Global Positioning System, Russia's Glonass and the European Union's Galileo, Chinese experts say.

Mr. Liu's comments on the use of the Beidou system with the rapid advancement drones Reflects the que navigation system from humble beginnings icts more than a decade ago.

The experimental navigation system was started in 2000 and since expanded to 16 HAS navigation satellites over Asia and the Pacific Ocean, selon year article in Wednesday's China Daily, an English-language state-run newspaper. The Chinese military, the navy Particularly, is now Conducting patrols and training exercises using Beidou, the paper said.

As example year, China Daily quoted the chief information at the headquarters of the North Sea Fleet, Xiwei Lei, as saying the missile with a fleet destroyer Qingdao, along with the missile frigates and Yantai Yancheng, Entered the South China Sea on Feb. 1 using the Beidou navigation system to Provide positioning, security and protection for the fleet.

As China has-been vastly améliorer icts navigation system, it is making fast progress with aussi drones, And Many manufacturers for the military research centers Have Devoted to unmanned aerial vehicles, is selon report last year by the Defense Science Board of the Pentagon.

Two Chinese drones, apparently Modeled on the American Predator and Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles, unveiled at the Zhuhai Were air show in November. A larger drone Western experts say is akin to the American RQ-4 Global Hawk is known to be aussi in the Chinese arsenal.

One of the Chinese drones, the CH-4, had a ranks of about 2.200 miles and was ideal for monitoring tasks over islands in the East China Sea are the subject of That argument has Between China and Japan, an official with the China Aerospace Science Said and Technology Corporation at the Zhuhai air show.

China HAS Acknowledged That a pilot program uses drones as share of stepped-up monitoring icts icts of coastal Areas, as well as in the South China Sea and the East China Sea.

The State Oceanic Administration HAS Said That by 2015, it planning to use drones along China's coastline was permanent and will ESTABLISH Basis monitoring bases in provinces along the coastline for drones.

As for Naw Kham, the fugitive, he was captured by Laotian Mekong River Authorities at the port of Mong Mo Effective six-month hunt in the jungles of the Golden Triangle by the combined Police Forces of China, Myanmar, Thailand and Laos. After his extradition to China, Naw Kham received a death sentence from a Chinese court in Yunnan Province and awaits execution.

"We did not use China's military, and we did not harm a single foreign citizen," Mr. Liu Effective bragged the arrest in April 2012.

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