China develops world’s first armed amphibious drone boat
Built by Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group under China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC), drone ship, named Marine Lizard, successfully passed delivery checks and left factory on April 8 in Wuhan.
In ship form, 12-meter-long Marine Lizard is a trimaran propelled by a diesel-powered hydrojet and can reach a maximum speed of 50 knots while maintaining stealth, it said.
When approaching land, amphibious drone ship can release four continuous track units hidden under its belly, and travel at 20 kms an hour on land.
The Marine Lizard’s payloads include an electro-optical system and a radar system. In weapon department, it is equipped with two machine guns and a vertical launching system for anti-ship and anti-aircraft missiles, official said.