Taiwan’s showcased locally developed UAS

Cardinal Mini-UAVTaiwan’s main weapons research and development unit displayed its unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), simulator systems and engines during a media tour Tuesday in Taichung.

The products showcased at the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology’s Aeronautical Systems Research Division included two types of UAVs designed mainly for military use.

According to Focus Taiwan, the Cardinal Mini-UAV, which weighs about 5 kilograms, can be used for reconnaissance missions, the institute said. It has a remote control flight range of about 8 kilometers and can remain in the air for up to an hour at a time, the institute said.

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The UAV does not need a runway for takeoff, but instead can be thrown into the air, the institute explained during a demonstration. When it is time to land, a parachute opens and the UAV floats to the ground.

The other design is the Albatross UAV, which can be used for longer reconnaissance missions, night or day. It can remain in the air for more than 10 hours and has a range of 150 kilometers from its control system, the institute said.

The Albatross, which weighs about 317 kilograms and has a wing span of 8 meters, is currently being used by the Army, the institute said.

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