Taiwan has introduced its new single-rotor drone for surveillance and reconnaissance missions.
The unmanned system was unveiled by the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCIST) during a demonstration conducted on Tuesday.
According to local media outlets, the drone features a larger payload capacity than other unmanned aerial vehicles in Taiwan’s arsenal.
It has a range of more than 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) and can fly for more than one hour, providing extended monitoring of specific areas.
Capable of withstanding level-6 winds, the drone is expected to enhance the military’s real-time reconnaissance and visual acquisition capabilities, even in adverse weather conditions.
Additionally, the system is capable of automatically plotting its own flight route, staying stationary to collect crucial data, and landing autonomously.
The Teng Yun Drone
Apart from the single-rotor reconnaissance drone, the NCIST unveiled its fixed-wing drone, the Teng Yun.
It utilizes satellite guidance and can remain airborne for up to 20 hours.
The system can also reach mid- to high altitudes and land/takeoff autonomously.
The Teng Yun is designed to focus on long-range intelligence gathering and monitoring in real time.
The unveiling of intelligence and reconnaissance drones comes as China continues to ramp up its military activities to pressure Taiwan.
Beijing claims that the island nation is part of its territory and that it should be reunited “by force, if necessary.”