US con­trac­tor buys Tai­wan air­craft weapons

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY LAURA LIN

An Amer­i­can con­trac­tor work­ing for the U.S. Depart­ment of De­fense re­port­edly signed an agree­ment with a Tai­wan un­manned aerial ve­hi­cle ( UAV) man­u­fac­turer to pur­chase equip­ment worth mil­lions of U. S. dol­lars yesterday at the Taipei Aerospace & De­fense Tech­nol­ogy Ex­hi­bi­tion ( TADTE,

). The TADTE, held at the Taipei World Trade Cen­ter, in­cludes mul­ti­ple in­no­va­tive weapon prod­ucts.

The event has seen an in­crease in the num­ber of ex­hibitors com­pared to the ex­hi­bi­tion in 2013. This year it has gath­ered 126 do­mes­tic and for­eign ex­hibitors from the U.S., Ger­many, Swe­den, Ja­pan and the UK, ac­cord­ing to the Tai­wan Ex­ter­nal Trade De­vel­op­ment Coun­cil (TAITRA,

). The big­gest ex­hibitor, the Min­istry of De­fense, is dis­play­ing var­i­ous weapons and equip­ment for mil­i­tary and po­lice use, in­clud­ing mis­siles, UAVs, au­to­matic grenade launch­ers and soft­ware and hard­ware sup­plies.

One of the most eye-catch­ing items is a newly un­veiled large- scale UAV named “Long March Plan” ( ) de­vel­oped by the Chung-Shan In­sti­tute of Science and Tech­nol­ogy (CSIST,

). The “Long March Plan” is equipped with a strate­gic un­manned air­craft sys­tem ca­pa­ble of long-range pa­trols and launch­ing si­mul­ta­ne­ous counter at­tacks. Re­search on this weapon cost the CSIST roughly NT$3 bil­lion. As of now, the CSIST has suc­cess­fully fin­ished two pro­to­types.

The de­vel­op­ment of UAVs has cre­ated many busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties, TAITRA said. Be­sides be­ing uti­lized for na­tional de­fense, UAVs have also been used for res­cue mis­sions and aerial pho­tog­ra­phy. The num­ber of ex­hibitors in the UAV ex­hibit area at the TADTE has in­creased to 12 from seven two years ago.

AP

Soft­ware de­sign­ers use vir­tual com­bat im­mer­sion soft­ware dur­ing the 2015 Taipei Aerospace and De­fense Tech­nol­ogy Ex­hi­bi­tion in Taipei, yesterday. The ex­hi­bi­tion will run from Aug. 13 through the 16th.

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