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    China has tested 119 fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), breaking the previous record of 67 drones, the China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC) said.

    The 119 drones underwent catapult-assisted take-offs and performed aerial formations, the Xinhua News Agency reported on Sunday. 

    The CETC said "swarm intelligence" is regarded as the core of the artificial intelligence of unmanned systems and the future of intelligent unmanned systems. 

    The huge scale of low cost and multi-function UAVs could be used in risky tasks such as emergency communications.

    CETC engineer Zhao Yanjie said since drones were invented in 1917, intelligent swarms have "changed the rules of the game."

    In November 2016, the CETC launched 67 drones during the China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai, South China's Guangdong Province, breaking the previous record of 50 drones by the US Navy, CCTV reported.

    The development of the UAV industry has accelerated in recent years.  There were over 100,000 drones in China in 2015, with the number multiplying each year, people.cn reported in February.

    The drone market in China is expected to reach 75 billion yuan ($11 billion) by 2025, according to an iResearch report last year, Xinhua reported.

    This article was originally published by the Global Times. 


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