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Taiwan Keen to Build Drone Fleet After Ukraine War – SCMP

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen has said the island will ramp up the development of drones, after seeing how they had helped Ukraine resist the Russian invasion

The bogging down of Russian armed forces in its war in Ukraine has spurred China to develop smarter, more powerful drones, the South China Morning Post reported.
Taiwan will prioritise drone development, having taken lessons from the war in Ukraine. Photo: Reuters.


Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen has indicated that the island will ramp up the development of drones after noting the effectiveness of UAVs – Unmanned Aerial Vehicles – used by Ukraine to resist the Russian invasion, the South China Morning Post said. On a visit to a proposed research facility in Chiayi recently, Tsai was quoted as saying: “Regardless of whether it is for military or civilian use, it is highly necessary for us to speed up our development of drones as it will be an important matter for the next generation.”

But defence analysts warned that the island is a long way behind mainland China and will need a major effort to close the gap, given the mainland’s most advanced UAVs.

Read the full story: South China Morning Post.



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Jim Pollard

Jim Pollard is an Australian journalist based in Thailand since 1999. He worked for News Ltd papers in Sydney, Perth, London and Melbourne before travelling through SE Asia in the late 90s. He was a senior editor at The Nation for 17+ years.


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