UGVs operated by Hunan provincial militia.
I wouldn't say civilian in the sense that a lot of US MIC firms are, there must be a fair amount of backing from PLA to afford them the amount of RnD they have been doing so far. But being a civilian fusion company has the benefit that they can attempt a lot more radical/cots solutions that may not be trialed by more conservative state firms. They certainly have much better PR than most PLA outletsImportance of firms like Kestrel Defense isn't necessarily that all of their products are world beaters and will immediately be practical in a peer conflict. The real importance is that civilian firms like Kestrel could innovate and experiment with new ideas. You can't tell whether an idea is good or bad unless you actually try it out.