The National Chung Shan Institute of Science and Technology attempted a missile test on Feb. 7 at Jiupeng Military Base in Pingtung. Meanwhile, In order to speed up the production of domestic missiles, the NCSIST opened up all sixteen of its production lines.
Within seconds after the missile shot into the sky, it disappeared into the clouds. The NCSIST engaged in missile tactics evaluation at Jiupeng Military Base in Pingtung. It is rumored that the test involves the Hsiung Sheng missile, which can wipe out the enemy source, or the mysterious Yun Feng Cruise missile. Thus many people await in the neighborhood early in the morning.
Citizen: “It is a lot faster than in the movies because movies use slow motion to depict that moment.”
The Ministry of National Defense announced that it has detected five Chinese military jets and 4 military ships around Taiwan. As such, the national army must quickly strengthen its combat power and secure all types of domestic missiles. The NCSIST opened up all sixteen of its production lines, with missile production at 800 missiles last year. Production will peak this year and next, reaching 1,000 missiles annually.
Sun Li-fang, Spokesperson, Ministry of National Defense: “Details include the types of missile bullets and its object, etc. Because this involves confidential military secrets so will not be explained during the press conference.”
President Tsai Ing-wen announced the establishment of a national drone team, where the NCSIST will act as a consolidator, through technology transfer to support domestic private drone enterprises and contract private companies to build five types of military drones. Prototypes are estimated to come out at the end of July. However, Thunder Tiger Corporation apparently used China-made drones for the National Day fireworks in 2022, which led to much controversy. The public worries that the research and development of the prototypes may involve a red supply chain.
Chi Li-pin, Dir., Aeronautical Systems Research Div., NCSIST: “Something that may lead to misconception is that they use open-source software, which, is internationally accepted. The modules with open interfaces are open for users to use, which can lower the costs. So I believe maybe this is where people misunderstood. We have also inspected onsite and did not discover any use of China-made elements.”
The national military requires up to 3,000 military drones. Will these private companies be able to deliver on time? The NCSIST noted that if the development of prototypes continues smoothly, mass production will begin next year.