Drones help PLA detect enemy behind walls

BEIJING: Chinese troops are now equipped with portable reconnaissance drones, giving them a significant tactical advantage, including enabling them to shoot enemies behind walls. A scout battalion of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) 80th Group Army is now operating the drones, as they have been deployed in recent training, according to a China Central Television (CCTV) report on Monday. This type of drone can be used in a two-person-sniper group – one shooter who concentrates on aiming, and one spotter who provide extra information with the aim. Traditionally, the spotter is tasked with reporting information like wind speed, humidity and battlefield circumstances to the shooter, who will then calculate the ballistic for the shot. But with the drone, the spotter can see more than both troops can see. This type of small drone, which resembles a commercial quadcopter, can be carried in a backpack and easily deployed on the battlefield. When an enemy hides behind a wall, the spotter can release the drone and fly it with a controller, which has a large monitor on it, according to the CCTV report. The spotter can maneuver the drone to an angle where it can see the location of the enemy. But the drone cannot fly too near, as the enemy might notice, CCTV said. The spotter will then tell the shooter to shoot at a specific spot on the wall. This spot will be described in a way that the shooter can understand based on the situation: If it is a brick wall, it will be described by rows and lines. Equipped with an anti-material sniper rifle powerful enough to shoot through walls, the shooter will then blow the target away together with the wall. – The Daily Mail-Global Times News exchange item