Dec 2013 by By Yasir Faheem
Taiwan's military is developing a weapons-capable unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with some stealth capabilities at the Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology, an official at the institute said.
This will be the first armed UAV from the military-run research center, which has developed various tactical drones for surveillance and reconnaissance that cannot carry weapons, according to the source familiar with the institute's project, who requested anonymity.
Unlike previous models, the drone under development boasts short wings, stealth features and a weapons cabin that can carry missiles and bombs, the official said.
"The new UAV would be able to evade radar detection as its body is made from radar-absorbent materials," the official added.
The revelation came on the sidelines of a defense technology exhibition at Taoyuan County Stadium.
A dazzling array of high-tech devices and equipment developed in civilian and military collaborative projects are on display.
Exhibits featured at the Dec. 6-7 event include a variety of UAVs, Hsiung Feng III anti-ship missiles — also known as Brave Wind III — and Tien Kung III air defense missiles —also known as Sky Bow III — as well as sophisticated devices in the fields of aerospace and green technology.