Taiwan intends to purchase the U.S. MQ-1C UAVs can be modified with a mainland missile attack
Data Figure: U.S. MQ-1C ” Air Warrior “UAV
newspaper Reporters / Weidong Xu
1 month 29 day , including the United States announced the sale to Taiwan. ” Black Hawk “helicopters,” Patriot “ -3 missiles, including a number of advanced equipment, but for Taiwan’s military and U.S. arms companies, these advanced weapons can not seem to “meet appetite. ” According to the United States, “Defense News” website 1 month 26 day report, Taiwan also saw America’s most advanced MQ-1C “Air Warrior” UAV, and has had contact with the U.S. Air Force.
can fully monitor the Taiwan Strait
” Defense News “website, as early as 2009 , the Air Force had” air warriors “to the Taiwan Air Force unmanned aerial vehicles provide a briefing. A U.S. official said this, “based on the Taiwan Air Force hopes to enhance the detection capabilities of requirements, the Air Force to provide a brief, but only in the Taiwan Air Force is currently gathering information stage.” “Air Warrior,” developed by the U.S. company General Atomics, is in Afghanistan and Iraq steal the show MQ-1 “Predator” unmanned aerial vehicle upgrade models, but the UAV is not equipped with weapons, mainly to perform reconnaissance missions.
At present, Taiwan’s Chungshan Institute of Technology are developing a variety of unmanned aerial vehicles, but so far can not meet Taiwan’s advanced, long range, multi-UAV standards. “Defense News” that the Taiwan Air Force is to buy “Air Warrior” UAV to perform battlefield reconnaissance and surveillance at sea routes and coastal areas. According to the British “Flight International” website previously disclosed, “Air Warrior” UAV is equipped with advanced multi-spectral targeting system that can provide detailed from the air mobile video. In addition, the “Air Warrior” can also be equipped with synthetic aperture radar pod, ground to further enhance the complex environment reconnaissance capabilities. The advanced engine of its equipment, to ensure that the “air warriors” in a continuous high-altitude cruise 36 hours. Visible, and the old R/F-5 plane compared to the “Air Warrior” more capable UAV surveillance mission along the coast of Taiwan.
can be converted to attack tool
Taiwan saw the” Air Warrior “is not just a simple reconnaissance UAV, just after a simple modification, responsible for the surveillance of the” Air Warrior “can “transformed” into attacking the “Predator” unmanned aerial vehicles. Not only equipped with heavy anti-tank missiles, but also equipment GBU-44/B type-guided bombs, the fighting with the Taiwan military is currently equipped OH-58 ” Kiowa Warrior “reconnaissance / attack helicopters are no less than. In addition, Taiwan already equipped with a large number of “Hellfire” heavy anti-tank missiles, do not even have to buy U.S. missile, we can “air warriors” to provide sufficient ammunition to protect.
Taiwan military equipment “Air Warrior” UAV, the one hand, real-time monitoring of coastal areas, it can also equip its missiles, as the vanguard fire on landing craft, amphibious tanks and missile boats implementation precision strike, to prevent the other troops landed near the Taiwan coast regional implementation. In addition, Taiwan’s military has been in the South China Sea, Pacific Island, built the runway, “Air Warrior” also may use this as a base to monitor a large area of ??sea.
check the advantage of large land, sea,
People’s Liberation Army gradually fitted out with advanced multi-type aircraft, tanks and amphibious ships, Taiwan has completely lost its air and sea superiority. The U.S. arms sales to Taiwan does not include the long-awaited F-16 aircraft and conventional submarines, the ability to attack Taiwan in the short term would not have a significant upgrade, the more value the so-called Taiwan’s “asymmetric military power” in the hope that stealth missile boats, unmanned aerial vehicles and other equipment checks and balances on the mainland People’s Liberation Army’s air and sea superiority.
According to Taiwan media, Taiwan’s military in the 1 month 19 day held” defense intellectual journey “media visits, inviting the media to “Bureau of Chungshan Institute of arms”, to understand the hospital for many years R & D results, activities, a rare display of the latest weapons R & D results, including their own research mini-UAV. However, the strength of the current research in Taiwan, but also can not develop in the short term and the “Air Warrior” UAV same level, so most likely turned to the United States, battle-tested direct purchase of advanced unmanned aerial vehicles. Taiwan’s military procurement trends, the mainland side should maintain a high degree of concern, the United States and the Taiwan authorities must prevent future UAV purchases included in the procurement list.
Link: PLA good fight UAV
Although Taiwan may be purchased through their own research or to obtain a certain number of unmanned reconnaissance aircraft or unmanned aircraft, but does not fundamentally turn the tide . Currently, the PLA Naval Air Force and Air Force have been equipped with F-batch -10 , J -11 and other advanced aircraft, and have early warning and electronic warfare aircraft support, if necessary, you can completely win air superiority over the Taiwan Strait.
In addition, the PLA is also equipped with a large number of portable air defense missiles, can be said that even the most ordinary soldiers are equipped with the means to fight drones, some units when conducting live-fire training with unmanned drones is, UAVs can be said to play a highly experienced. In this case, the slower speed PLA fighters and UAVs can only become live targets portable missiles.
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