Watch: China Tests Unmanned Battle Tanks, Could Soon Equip Them with AI

In a bid to modernize battlefield resources, the Chinese Army has started trialing unmanned tanks, according to a new report from state-run publication Global Times.

The upgraded military vehicles are currently being tested with a distant manned console, much like remotely operated drones. However, the People’s Liberation Army Ground Force, aka PLAGF, also plans to integrate them with artificial intelligence, in order to make them nearly self-operable.

A short video from CCTV, a prominent state television broadcaster in the People’s Republic of China, recently appeared on the internet showcasing one of the unmanned vehicles being tested. The clip features a modified version of a dated Type 59 tank moving forward and backward like a remote-controlled car and a distant Chinese Army official manning its control-box a few meters away.

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