23 Sep 2022 03:02 GMT
The Flyingfish is a suicide drone inspired by the American Switchblade, while the Albatros II is an updated version of the first generation model used by the Taiwanese Armed Forces.
As of today, Taiwan’s drone makers are upgrading the first generation of domestically-made unmanned vehicles so that they can provide strong defense support for the island.
In this context, Robert Cheng, the president of the JC Tech company, which began developing drones in 2018, revealed that his company has manufactured and tested drone prototypes. a suicide drone called Flyingfish. This unmanned vehicle takes inspiration from American-made Switchblades drones and has already been dubbed the ‘Taiwanese Switchblade’, pick up FocusTaiwan.
At the inauguration of a drone R&D center in August, President Tsai Ing-wen pledged to support drone research to strengthen the country’s asymmetric combat capabilities, and domestic producers could offer the quickest shot in the arm to Taiwan’s defenses.https://t.co/xesAog35uM
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Made from a plastic-like material, the Flyingfish 200 measures 115 centimeters long but it only weighs 2.2 kilograms fully charged. Thanks to built-in GPS, artificial intelligence and a camera, it is capable of targeting its target within a range of 10 kilometers. Once prepared for the attack, the drone descends and collides with the target, detonating the explosives.
Cheng specified that the new drone exists in three sizes, with the Flyingfish 200 being the mid-range model, with a payload of 500 grams. equivalent to 10 grenades. Its price is under $3,000making it much cheaper than cruise missiles or other unmanned combat vehicles, and therefore more cost-effective to deploy in large numbers.
Meanwhile, the aviation company GEOSAT, which started manufacturing drones in 2008 together with the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST), the Taiwanese arms developer and manufacturer, has been working on creating the Albatross drone. II. It is an updated version of the first generation Albatross that used by the Taiwanese Armed Forces.
The executive director of GEOSAT, Lo Cheng-fang, specified that the new model has surveillance and combat functions, has been endowed with greater resistance to flight, better communications and a greater payload. Also, its range has been increased to 250 kilometers compared to 150 for its predecessor.
Also, the new drone is equipped with a synthetic aperture radaritem that allows you to conduct surveillance over a wider area with less interference from limited light or in poor weather conditions.
As for Flyingfish, the company JC Tech plans to sign the first contract for its distribution with a Southeast Asian country next month and hopes to one day supply its drones to the Taiwan Army. GEOSAT, for its part, did not specify when the Albatross II drones could enter service, but if the tests go as scheduled they could start mass production next year.