According to China's state-run Xinhua news agency, Jinghai is the code-name for a series of unmanned surface craft under development by the Research Institute of Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USV) Engineering at Shanghai University.
Though some reports describe the vehicle as a research vessel, armed versions have been displayed at military shows. Jinghais conducted surveys among disputed islands in the South China Sea in 2013.
In 2014, a Jing Hai 2 conducted underwater mapping in Antarctic waters in support of the Chinese icebreaker, Xuelong. At least seven vessels had been constructed by 2016.
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