Taiwan is developing at least two exploding “suicide drones” as it scrambles to counter an increasingly modern and aggressive Chinese military. A new suicide drone appeared at the August 2019 edition of the biennial Taipei Aerospace & Defense Technology Exhibition in the island country’s capital.

The unmanned aerial vehicle bears a strong resemblance to the small, hand-launched drones that are popular with U.S. forces. The other clearly draws inspiration from Israel’s Harpy anti-radar drone.

The Fire Cardinal is “an air to ground strike assault UAV,” according to information given at the show site.

The drone seeks out its target using an EO/IR payload and selects its target using an “intelligence object detection system.”

The 6kg drone is 1.2 meters long and 2 meters wide. Height is 0.6 meters. It includes an electro-optical and infrared sensor and selects its target using what Alert 5 described as an “intelligent object-detection system.”

Source: Alert5

UAV DACH: Beitrag im Original auf https://www.uasvision.com/2019/08/16/taiwan-unveils-fire-cardinal-suicide-drone/, mit freundlicher Genehmigung von UAS Vision automatisch importiert. Der Beitrag gibt nicht unbedingt die Meinung oder Position des UAV DACH e.V. wieder. Das Original ist in englischer Sprache.