In order to strengthen the combat power of Taiwan's military, the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology unveiled a variety of drones for military use on the 14th.
After careful adjustment by the engineers, the Chung Xiang II UAV completed take-off and landing. There are also a variety of other military UAVs developed by the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology on site. These drones have all been developed in accordance with the Taiwanese military's needs. Four of them have officially been mass-produced and are currently in service. There are a total of six other models currently under research and development. The most eye-catching drone is this cruise missile drone that is similar to the Switchblade 300 provided by the U.S. military to the Ukrainians. This is the Taiwanese version of the Switchblade.
Wang Meng-fang, Project Engineer, Taichung Campus, NCSIST: “The drone's greater ammo capacity increases its overall striking range, firepower, and lethality.”
These military drones include both reconnaissance and attack drones. According to the NCSIST, the focus of its research and development is to develop combined reconnaissance and attack drones to overcome various environments for combat. The NCSIST leads Taiwan's efforts to develop and customized drones according to the military's needs. In addition to building a related supply chain with various private sector industries, the Institute is also strengthening Taiwanese drones' asymmetrical combat power.
Chi Li-ping, Director, Aeronautical Systems Research Div., NCSIST: “Some are under testing, while other drones are about to enter the testing phase. We should have some results by the end of this year. Mass production will also follow the completion of our testing phase.”
According to the NCSIST, the previously announced five military drones will be mass-produced next year after passing testing. There are currently three types each of reconnaissance and attack drones being developed and tested. The NCSIST will work with domestic companies to develop anti-jamming, data encryption, and other modular design features. Over 80 percent of the drones' parts can be produced domestically, building a Taiwanese drone industry supply chain and strengthening national defense capabilities.