China is developing an army of robot SPY doves that look like the real thing and are capable of evading enemy radar
China is stepping-up its mass surveillance, with a flock of camera-equipped drones designed to look like doves.
The surveillance drones are fitted with flapping wings, allowing them to swoop, dive and glide just like the real thing.
The robotic spies are almost indistinguishable from real doves and have even been spotted flying in flocks of real birds – helping them to avoid detection from radar.
The machines are fitted with all the technology of a top-end spy drone, including a high-definition camera for photographs and video clips, GPS antenna, flight control system, and satellite data link.
More than 30 military and go nment agencies have already deployed the birdlike drones to spy on the population, sources claim.
According to the South China Morning Post, these Big Brother-like doves can be found in the skies above the Xinjiang region of northwest China.
The 'dove drones' weigh less than half a pound (200 grams) and sport a wingspan of some 20 inches (50 centimetres).
These spy drones can fly at speeds of up to 25 mph (40km/h) for up to 30 minutes.
The technology is still in its early stages of development and purportedly struggles to continue surveillance in adverse weather like strong wind, snow and heavy rain.
China has deployed some of its surveillance drones over the country's westerly region of Xinjiang Uygur, which borders with Mongolia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.
This area is home to a large Muslim population, and is viewed by the go nment as a hotbed for separatism, according to the South China Morning Post.
This view has led to heavy surveillance, with the flying robotic drones becoming an integral part of the process.
The drone programme is being spearheaded by Song Bifeng, a professor at Northwestern Polytechnical University in Xian, China.
Yang Wenqing, an associate professor at the School of Aeronautics at the institute and a member of Professor Song's team, confirmed the use of the new technology.
'The scale is still small,' she told the South China Morning Post.
'We believe the technology has good potential for large-scale use in the future.
'It has some unique advantages to meet the demand for drones in the military and civilian sectors.'
The dove project is believed to be the first wave of a new generation of drones that imitate biological movements and can evade human detection - even radar.
Unlike most unmanned aerial vehicles, the doves do not use fixed wings or rotor blades. Instead, they use life-like flaps of their wings to move.
This allows the drones to fly, swoop and dive just like its biological equivalent.
As it stands, the robotic birds are able to replicate roughly 90 per cent of the animals' movement. They can operate silently, making them very difficult to detect.
The developers behind the project claim they are so life-like that real birds can often be seen flying alongside them.
The robotics team conducted almost 2,000 test flights before deploying the drones in real-life situations.
The applications for the technology could be widespread, and developers are already hard at work refining the drones to make them even more realistic.
They believe that by adding feathers to the drone, it could help the dove-like bots avoid more sophisticated forms of detection.
Flying slowly at low altitude makes the drones hard to spot, especially for radar.
The most sensitive form of radar – known as holographic radar – can recreate a 3D shape based on what it detects.
However, there is no guarantee this technology would be able to reliably detect the drones.
Professor Li Yachao, a military radar researcher at the National Defence Technology Laboratory of Radar Signal Processing in Xian, believed there is 'no guarantee' this would technology could pick-up the drone.
'It would be a serious threat to air defence systems,' he added.
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JaneGrace, Welwyn, United Kingdom, about 7 hours ago
That's nothing, Boris Johnson stole my underpants!
mikelivingstone, Dorking, United Kingdom, about 12 hours ago
Did not the ancient Greeks build mechanical owls (or was that just Clash of the Titans).
Arthur-Itis, Carlisle, United Kingdom, about 17 hours ago
We should be cosying up to China instead or prostrating ourselves for the EU. Thank god that David Cameron has been given permission to go out there to line his pockets eh???..
grooveisintheheart, uk, United Kingdom, about 18 hours ago
Why don't they focus on not eating dogs first
Wayne Clarke, Swansea, United Kingdom, about 19 hours ago
They'll be very short range. Mimicing bird flight isnt efficent power wise, probably only fly for 5 or 10 minutes.
Soleeric, Ire, Ireland, about 19 hours ago
Does it come with batteries?
Allan, Stirling, United Kingdom, about 19 hours ago
probably last 5 mins if made in china
cheeky Monkey, London, United Kingdom, about 19 hours ago
We use drones to kill people, China uses them to create light shows....
Ab Norm Al, Age of Political Ignorance, United Kingdom, about 20 hours ago
Clever engineering but of limited use, until it is armed and dangerous!
Charles, London, United Kingdom, 20 hours ago
No problem...we'll just develop some drones that look like Hawks...and fry their little circuits with fear.
CommunismIsTheAnswer, TaxAvoider, Panama, 19 hours ago
Develop some technology in the UK? Ha HA HA!
The121Man, Nottingham, United Kingdom, 20 hours ago
Hardly likely to have China's enemies quaking in their boots. You could probably attach a mini camcorder to a homing pigeon and achieve as much. Messenger pigeons were widely used in the wars.
Internetcynic, Lincoln, United Kingdom, 19 hours ago
Every bomber carried a homing pigeon in case of crashing . You wrote your position or message on a piece of paper, put it in the little capsule on the birds leg and let it go. If you did this while the aircraft was flying, you had to remember to face the bird into the wind, otherwise the 200 mph slipstrem stripped all the feathers of the poor thing......
Harry1957, Middlesbrough, United Kingdom, 20 hours ago
Didn't Prince write a song about it When Doves Spy?
Hywel Dda, Cadair Idris, United Kingdom, 20 hours ago
A similar design has been around in the USA for more than 7 years.That's when I last looked. Very impressive too, with anatomically correct movements.
Cariad, England, United Kingdom, 20 hours ago
So much for our right to privacy eh?!
Wombcombo, Newcastle, United Kingdom, 20 hours ago
Dove's the sign of peace? Vic and bob might have something to say about this as well!
fteu, Broken Britain, United Kingdom, 20 hours ago
Just a mobile phone with wings. hardly state of the art game changer
ANYWAYUP-69, dingwall, United Kingdom, 20 hours ago
Its not what the spy dove can do that's important its the quality of rubbish we feed to it that counts.
pw161803, Dublin, Ireland, 21 hours ago
See ? ...that's what happens when you let them watch Hitchcock movies.
samojokawu, accra, Ghana, 21 hours ago
Next a bomb posing as an eagle...
Peter, London, 21 hours ago
Scaringly disturbing engineering!
Ultramajik, Amityville, United States, 21 hours ago
They'll be easier to spot when the doves are carrying olive branches.
DannyUK, UK, United Kingdom, 22 hours ago
Well it's not secret anymore.
Bullitin, Inthehills, Svalbard And Jan Mayen, 22 hours ago
Just lost the advantage by telling the world. Get the snipers out.
Olderbutnonethewiser, Halifax, United Kingdom, 22 hours ago
The UK has developed robot spy pigeons. Unfortunately, like the real thing, they keep landing on busy roads and don't move for the traffic with inevitable consequences. Rumour has it we're now working on robot penguins for spying missions at the South Pole.
Terry, Hastings, United Kingdom, 22 hours ago
Blah blah blah, give us peasants some real news for once. Fed up with propaganda day after day, we're worse than North Korea