TAIPEI -- Taiwan is building a "suicide drone" capable of striking military bases on the Chinese mainland. The Jian Hsiang (Flying Sword) was introduced at the Taipei Aerospace and Defense Technology Exhibition (TADTE). The Jian Hsiang is designed to strike radar systems.
China has repeatedly threatened to invade Taiwan. The Taiwanese government is looking to acquire additional arms from United States. A new arms package from the United States is worth $2.2 billion and includes over 100 Abrams tanks and about 250 Stinger surface-to-air missiles (SAMs).
MOSCOW -- Russia is developing the Okhotnik (Hunter) unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV). Recently, this unmanned air vehicle (UAV) flew with a manned Su-30SM combat aircraft, according to the Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD).
The Okhotnik stealth UCAV is equipped with a jet engine, anti-radar skin coating and can speed up to 1,000 kilometers per hour. Prior to this teaming, the Okhotnik UCAV had completed its maiden flight. The Russian MoD released a video on August 8 showing the Okhotnik making "several circles" at an undisclosed airfield.
Russia is expected to perform more flight tests of this UCAV this year.
CAIRO -- Forces loyal to the Libyan government based in Tobruk have launched air strikes on an opposition controlled unmanned air vehicle (UAV) facility. The Libyan National Army is involved in an offensive targeting Tripoli. The opposition Government of national Accord (GNA) is located in Tripoli.
Libyan Air Force fighters attacked this facility near Zuwarah International Airport on August 15. This facility is the control center for UAVs that are operated by the Tripoli-based government. The LNA says that foreign mercenaries are located at this airport.
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