China has started building the world’s biggest test site for unmanned vessels at one of the country’s gateways to the South China Sea.
The facility is being built in the waters around Zhuhai, in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong, and will cover 21.6 sq km (8.34 square miles) in its first phase, according to Dayoo.com, a Guangzhou Daily news site.
When completed, the Wanshan Marine Test Field would cover 771.6 sq km and be the biggest of its kind in the world, the report said.
Unmanned vessels can be used in both peacetime and war, for surveillance and to tackle dangerous situations without putting personnel at risk.
The report did not say when the site would be up and running but said it would comprise a telecommunications network, navigation radars and automatic mooring systems on islands in the Pearl River Delta.