Wu Weiqiang | airliners.net
Over the past years, the Chinese have been working on various options for the use of DRLO aircraft, with at least once reported a continuous patrolling of more than 24 hours during exercises. For a long time, the Chinese practiced methods of transmitting data by such aircraft to troops. According to the well-known US PLA Air Force researcher Ken Allen, originally Chinese DRLO planes did not send commands directly to combat aircraft in the air, but instead contacted command posts of the respective destructive air regiments, which carried out control based on the data obtained. Subsequently, in 2012, there were reports of the first exercises with the use of DRLO aircraft for direct control of aircraft in the air. Probably, by now, such management has been fully developed.