China has launched a ship with no crew that can transport dozens of drones.
The ship, dubbed Zhu Hai Yun, navigates autonomously thanks to an artificial intelligence system.
China has launched the world's first crewless drone carrier, which navigates open ocean independently using artificial intelligence.
Although Beijing has designated the ship as a maritime research vessel, some experts believe it has the capability to be utilized as a military vessel.
The Zhu Hai Yun (seen here) is a 290-foot-long, 45-foot-wide, and 20-foot-deep autonomous ship that can transport dozens of air, sea, and submarine drones.
The ship is described as "epoch-making" and the "world's first intelligent unmanned system mother ship," according to the report.
In recent years, China has become more forceful in its claims to maritime sovereignty and has increased its military presence.