THIS is the dramatic moment a Chinese drone drops a killer robot dog into the battle zone amid rising tensions with Taiwan.
Footage shows the gun-wielding mechanical canine landing on a rooftop in an urban area before it springs to life.
The chilling clip forecasting the future of warfare shows the four-legged bot trotting around while scouting out its new surroundings.
The battle-ready bionic dog is believed to behave a Chinese QBB-97 light machine gun mounted to its back, according to WarZone.
The terrifying weapon can reportedly fire up to 650 rounds a minute.
The video was uploaded by the verified Weibo account “Kestrel Defense Blood-Wing” – which is seemingly directly affiliated with the Chinese Kestrel Defense company.
The military contractors claim they use “heavy-duty drones to deliver combat robot dogs” that can expertly ambush the enemy.
The boastful description adds that the robodogs can be “placed on the roof of the enemy to occupy the commanding heights to suppress firepower.”
It goes on to suggest they are planned to be deployed in urban areas during assault operations to provide aid for troops on the ground.
The unnerving footage comes amid warnings that China could invade Taiwan with high-tech swarms of drones and up to one million men.
The People’s Liberation Army is rapidly modernising – investing heavily in modern tech and drones.
Experts fear President Xi Jinping is plotting a devastating offensive while arming his military to the teeth with advanced weaponry.
China flaunted their artillery in recent footage, showing off a small ball scout drone and a soldier wearing an exoskeleton.
China has supersonic drones for spying, larger drones designed to take down American warships, and is even developing drones designed to hunt soldiers in packs.
Weapons analyst Sam Cranny-Evans said Beijing is already using elite spy drones to carry out secret missions over Taiwan.
He said the Asian powerhouse’s tactical drone of choice was the BKZ-006A, which was being used to carry out reconnaissance and can double up as a tool for electronic warfare and communication relays.
In the event of an invasion, Taiwan could expect to be hit by long-range precision missile strikes and pummelled by air bombardments combined with cyber attacks, electronic warfare and a naval blockade, Cranny-Evans explained.
It comes as Taipei’s foreign minister said Beijing will now amp up efforts to get rid of the nation’s 14 remaining allies.
After Xi secured a third term in power, his validation-seeking minions are expected to go all out to impress and “show loyalty” to the President.
Taiwan’s top diplomat Joseph Wu said: “It is conceivable that our diplomatic situation will become grimmer.
“We have seen some warning intelligence. We hope our diplomatic relations will not be influenced by China.
“All of our embassies and missions are on tight vigilance now… We will verify the intelligence and take advantageous measures to consolidate diplomatic relations.
“Whether China decides it’s next year, the year after next year, 2025, 2027, 2030 or whatever time they see the conditions as mature to attack Taiwan, the most important thing for us is to be well prepared to defend ourselves.”
China regards Taiwan as part of its territory and has vowed unification with the mainland, by force if necessary.
Taiwan is effectively an independent country, but any moves towards full independence will almost certainly lead to war.
Over the summer the visit by US politician Nancy Pelosi to the island saw China retaliate with massive military exerices.
Pelosi is a vocal supporter of Taiwan – and her trip made her the most senior US politician to visit Taiwan in a quarter of a century, which infuriated China.