Chinese military drones that are sold to other countries cannot be used to strike at the country’s territory. To do this, there is a technology “watchdog timer”.
What is known
This information was learned by the Chinese edition of the South China Morning Post, whose journalists spoke with a source close to the military. According to him, unmanned aerial vehicles, including reconnaissance ones, cannot be used against China.
Haluk Bayraktar, CEO of Turkey’s Baykar, told The Eurasian Times last year that the Chinese-made drones were “deploying as they approached the Chinese border.” New information confirms his words.
By the way, Haluk Bayraktar noted that this feature of Chinese drones made some customers opt for Turkish drones, including the Bayraktar TB2. This allowed Turkey to overtake China in terms of UAV exports.
According to Chinese expert Li Jie, the presence of “watchdog timers” in exported products is “common knowledge.” All drones are guided by GPS or BeiDou navigation systems, which are used by Chinese engineers. Some drones can even self-destruct in the event of a hack or bypass of protective technology.