Taiwan’s National Chung Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST) has unveiled a new entry to its Hong Que (Cardinal) family of tactical mini-unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at the 2019 Taipei Aerospace & Defense Technology Exhibition (TADTE), which is being held in Taipei from 15 to 17 August.
Under development by the institute’s Aeronautical Systems Research Division (ASRD), the Fire Cardinal is being referred to as an “air-to-ground assault” UAV, although a NCSIST spokesperson told Jane’s that the vehicle is being used as a testbed for object recognition and precision targeting and tracking technologies. Work is understood to have commenced in early 2019 using internal funding.
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