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Tsai attends groundbreaking at new aerospace and drone facility

12/05/2023 08:08 PM
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President Tsai Ing-wen (center) attends a ceremony for an aerospace and drone facility in Chiayi County Tuesday. CNA photo Dec. 5, 2023
President Tsai Ing-wen (center) attends a ceremony for an aerospace and drone facility in Chiayi County Tuesday. CNA photo Dec. 5, 2023

Taipei, Dec. 5 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) attended a groundbreaking ceremony for an aerospace and drone facility in Chiayi County Tuesday, with the site expected to boost Taiwan's asymmetric combat power, according to Tsai.

Tsai presided over the groundbreaking ceremony held by the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST), Taiwan's top military research unit, in Minsyong Township.

Also attending the ceremony were Vice Premier Cheng Wen-tsan (鄭文燦), Minister of National Defense Chiu Kuo-cheng (邱國正) and Chiayi County Magistrate Weng Chang-liang (翁章梁).

In her speech, Tsai said drones will be mass produced at the facility, boosting military drone development and making Chiayi County one of the most strategically important drone production sites in Asia.

The current complicated and volatile international situations make drone development essential, Tsai said, adding that the Ministry of National Defense is actively seeking to boost the domestic production of the industry.

The first stage of construction will cover an area of 5 hectares and is expected to be completed by the end of 2025, said NCSIST President Art Chang (張忠誠) in a presentation.

The following stages will be based on subsequent national defense missions, Chang added.

The facility will cover around 20 hectares in total and receive government funding from 2025 to 2028 to build standard factories, shed factories and testing sites for manufacturers to use.

(By Huang Guo-fang and Wu Kuan-hsien)

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