Taiwan showed off new models of its locally produced military drones on Tuesday, saying they are essential to its “asymmetric warfare” capability to make its forces more agile if they have to face a much larger Chinese army.
China, which has never renounced the use of force to bring Taiwan under its control, has stepped up military activity near the democratically ruled island to force it to accept Chinese sovereignty, despite Taiwan’s objections.
The war in Ukraine has given new urgency to Taiwan’s military efforts to bolster defense, including drone development.
In a rare display of its drone capabilities, the military-owned Chung-Shan National Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST) showcased its latest models, including the Albatross II surveillance drone and combat drones operating with satellites from the Global Positioning System.
NCSIST head Art Chang said the war in Ukraine has focused attention on drones, and his institution has teamed up with Taiwanese companies to form a “national team” to develop military drones.
Taiwan’s military has announced a partnership with companies aimed at producing 3,000 drones over the next year.
Chi Li-Pin, director of the NCSIST’s Aeronautical Systems Research Division, said the military should increase the adoption of drones in its strategies.
President Tsai Ing-wen has championed the idea of ”asymmetric warfare” to make Taiwan’s forces more mobile and harder to attack.
China has been sending its drones to areas close to Taiwan to test its responses, the island’s Defense Ministry said.
Source: CNN Brasil
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