China seems to be taking the lead when it comes to surveillance, as drones disguised as birds are keeping tabs on its citizens.
South China Morning Post revealed that more than 30 Chinese military and government agencies deployed surveillance drones disguised as birds and monitored at least five Chinese provinces.
The program, codenamed “Dove”, is run by Song Bifeng, a Northwestern Polytechnical University professor who was a former scientist on a stealth-fighter jet.
Under his guidance, drones were made to look like birds by using electric motors to mimic flapping wings. Unsurprisingly, each of the surveillance drones is equipped with a camera, GPS antenna, flight control system and satellite communication capability.
The report quotes a member of Song’s team saying that the “scale is still small”, though the project could arguably expand rapidly in the near future.