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2011-11-29 (China Military News cited from Xinhua)


Unpiloted aircraft are being used to monitor China's northeastern coasts, said a Liaoning provincial official on Tuesday.


Fang Chaohui, director of the Liaoning provincial marine patrol center, said Liaoning has become the first province in the country to use pilotless aircraft for marine surveillance. Liaoning previously relied on satellite photos and field surveys to monitor its coast.


Liaoning is China's northernmost coastal province with more than 150,000 square km of sea space and 506 islets.


Fang said unpiloted aircraft are flexible and can be remotely controlled to take high-definition photos to discover illegal land reclamation and sand dredging as well as monitor marine environment along the coast and on the islets.


He said currently the aircraft the center uses are rented from a mapping company. But the provincial marine and fishing bureau has allocated 10 million yuan (7.5 million U.S. dollars) for the purchase of  drones for next year.

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