Photograph Courtesy of People's Daily.
On 4 June 2013, China's Ministry of Transport and Maritime Bureau revealed a new engineering prototype unmanned surface vehicle (USV). The fully enclosed vessel is designed for hydrographic surveys of shoals and reefs in the South China Sea. The craft has a maximum speed of 18 knots and can be controlled remotely or navigate autonomously. The USV features a commercial radar and forward looking sonar to assist in automatic surface and underwater obstacle avoidance, and a multi-beam side scan sonar for underwater survey work.
Little information has been publicized in the West about China's USV programs. China's other known USV is the Tianxiang One.