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New home-developed UAV, weaponry to be shown at defense exhibit

ROC Central News Agency

2015/08/12 18:56:46

Taipei, Aug. 12 (CNA) The military will showcase an array of locally developed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and various kinds of weaponry, including missile and rocket systems, at an upcoming defense technology exhibition in Taipei.

A total of 89 types of items will go on display at the Ministry of National Defense pavilion at the Taipei Aerospace and Defense Technology Exhibition, which will run Aug. 13-16, ministry officials said at a news conference Wednesday.

One of the recently developed systems is a large drone developed by the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology's Aeronautical Systems Research Division. The institute is Taiwan's main weapons research and development unit.

"It is the latest UAV developed by our division," Ma Wan-june (馬萬鈞), director of the division, told reporters. It is the first time the aircraft has been revealed to the public, he added.

While it is still in a stage of testing, Ma touted the drone's capabilities of automatic takeoff and landing and aerial communication relaying.

It is also equipped with a platform for medium altitude, long endurance and multiple payloads, but Ma declined to divulge specifics such as its range, length and weight, saying that it is still in the testing stage.

The craft is designed for day and night missions such as intelligence gathering, surveillance, reconnaissance, environmental research and coastal patrols, according to information provided by the ministry.

Among the other exhibits is the Sea Oryx missile system, also developed by the institute.

The Sea Oryx missile system is designed for intercepting anti-ship missiles and each launcher is allocated eight or 16 Sea Oryx missiles, the institute said.

"The missile system will likely be deployed on small and medium-sized naval vessels," said the institute's Yen Shih-jui (嚴世銳).

The institute is also showcasing the Steel Ball High Explosive Rocket System, which is designed for anti-landing operations. With a range of 1.2 kilometers, the weapon can help reduce demand for defense manpower and offer better protection for military personnel, said Chen Chun-ho (陳俊和), also from the institute.

The military's pavilion features four categories: advanced systems, simulators, research and development, and a recruiting center.

Also on display will be the Navy's stealth missile corvette Tuo Jiang (沱江) and the supply vessel the Panshih (磐石), both commissioned into service in March, as well as the Hsiung Feng II and Hsiung Feng III anti-ship missiles.

The biennial Taipei Aerospace and Defense Technology Exhibition brings together businesses from all over the world displaying a range of aerospace products, navigation systems, precision machine tools and other equipment.

This year's event draws more than 100 exhibitors from home and abroad, according to the organizer, the Taiwan External Trade Development Council.

(By Elaine Hou)

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