US contractor buys Taiwan aircraft weapons
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.
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.