The China North Industries Group Corporation (NORINCO Group) has set up in Beijing a facility to develop unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) for the People's Liberation Army (PLA).
The facility, formally established in late June, is the country's first dedicated UGV research and development centre, according to a report by state-run newspaperChina Daily on 23 July.
The UGV development centre was established as part of the NORINCO Group's subsidiary, the China North Vehicle Research Institute. This subsidiary has close links with the NORINCO Group's primary military land-systems production company, the similarly-named China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO).
The NORINCO Group has stated that the new UGV facility will serve the PLA, paramilitary, and civilian customers, as well as explore opportunities for exports.