China’s Ministry of Natural Resources is operating a network of drones that monitor disputed islands and features in the South China Sea.
This surveillance network consists of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) equipped with high-resolution cameras connected to ground communication vehicles, serving as broadcast stations and maritime satellite communication networks, according to the notice posted on the website of the Nam Hai Department of the Ministry of Natural Resources of China.
The agency said a network of UAVs and intercoms was deployed to monitor the situation on the disputed islands and rocks in the South China Sea as well as large seas.
UAVs are deployed to complement the satellite sensor system, which is often affected by cloudy weather in the region. Cameras mounted on these UAVs can capture sharper images, more angles than satellites and are transmitted in real time.
When performing the mission, the base stations will move or be transported to places without ground communication stations to receive signals from the UAV and transfer to satellites in the form of still images or live video. These images will be displayed at the headquarters of the Nanhai Department in Guangdong Province, thousands of kilometers away.
“This network is used in maritime management, including detecting questionable dynamics, tracking incidents, real-time monitoring of waters and islands. They play the role of important role in cases of disaster monitoring and emergency response such as oil spills or red tide phenomenon, “Nam Hai Department said.
Information about the South China Sea surveillance UAV network was published in the context of China’s recent serious violations of international law and sovereignty, sovereignty, jurisdiction and interference. Legal oil and gas has been deployed for a long time in the exclusive economic zone of Vietnam and some other coastal countries.
Hai Duong Geological Survey 8 and Chinese escorts have violated Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone and continental shelf in the South China Sea since early July. Foreign Ministry spokesman Le Thi Thu Hang said. Vietnam has repeatedly interacted with China, asking it to withdraw its ships and do not commit acts of threatening security and peace in the region.