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Taiwan debuts self-made drone in war games

2012/04/18 22:22:21

Taipei, April 18 (CNA) A drone aircraft developed by Taiwan was debuted Tuesday during the annual Han Kuang exercises, the country's most important war games involving its three branches of armed forces.

The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was used in a military exercise for the first time, in a simulated attack on Hualien Airport in eastern Taiwan to test the drone's combat capabilities in joint electronic warfare.

The 4-meter long drone is capable of short field taking offs and landings, long-distance controlled or automatic flight, instant image uploading, and hovering, according to the military's aviation and special forces command.

Many people with cameras were seen near the military base on the Hualien coast, trying to take photos of the drone and the Bell OH-58 Kiowa helicopter, which was also being used in a military drill for the first time.

The five-day computer-aided war games that started Monday are aimed at testing Taiwan's information and electronic warfare capabilities but do not include live ammunition.

(By Andrew Liu and Kendra Lin)
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