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Amid tensions with China, Taiwan shows off military drones


Taichung, Taiwan — Taiwan demonstrated its self-developed drone technology on Tuesday, amid growing concerns about China’s threat to use force to assert its claims to the country. self-governing island republic.

Chung-Shan National Institute of Science and Technology, which develops military technology, gave a rare look at the Chien Hsiang drone designed to destroy enemy radars and vehicles. other combat drones.

Dozens of single-use drones, officially known as loitering ammunition, were carried on a truck. Launched by integrated rockets, they are guided by propeller engines before hitting their targets.

Chi Li-ping, director of the Institute’s Aeronautical Systems Research Division, said any country “confident in itself” would dictate defense technology and strategies.

“Fighter drones are ‘a future trend,'” Chi said.

Last month, Taiwan’s military began receiving the first of 100 drones ordered from the research institute. Chi emphasized their importance in relaying images to the army’s command and communication systems for analysis and forwarding to combat units.

Taiwan has also developed the Teng Yun, which resembles the US MQ-9 Reaper drone and can stay airborne for up to 24 hours.

Although the United States and other countries have long used drones to target alleged terrorists and others, they have proven particularly important in the war of Russia vs Ukraine. Moscow has imported drones from Iran while Kiev has succeeded with inexpensive Bayraktar TB2 drones from Turkey, which carry light laser-guided bombs.

Meanwhile, China has moved forward with the development of its own drones, some of which have been exported.

China stepped up its military threat against Taiwan in August in response to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the island. Taiwan fired missiles over the island and held live-fire military exercises in six self-declared areas in what appeared to be a maneuver for a potential blockade and invasion of the island. which will almost certainly attract Taiwan’s main backer, the United States, to join. with US allies including Japan and Australia.

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This story corrects the spelling of the Chien Hsiang drone.

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