Taipei, Taiwan – The Taipei Aerospace & Defense Technology Exhibition (TADTE) and the Taiwan International Drone Show (Drone Taiwan) was officially opened by Republic of China (Taiwan) president Tsai Ing-wen on Thursday 15 August.
Tsai said that the defence and aerospace sector within the 5+2 innovative industries plan has shown good progress with the manufacturing of military jets (the Advanced Jet Trainer for the Air Force) and the move to higher levels of technology showing good results.
James Huang, chairman, Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), supported President Tsai’s viewpoint declaring: “The country’s strong industrial base and supply chain enabled the Taiwanese aerospace sector to generate $ 4 billion in output in 2018, up 11.3 percent from the previous year.”
He also praised the Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation (AIDC) for “paving the way in aircraft production,” adding that “many domestic firms have seen an upward rise in international orders” within the aerospace sector.
As 2017, this show is biennial, TADTE comprises the main exhibit hall with a dedicated area for Ministry of National Defence pavilion, as well as the Drone Taiwan area, Visitors get entry to all areas.
Exhibits being shown by the Ministry for National Defence a Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) Unmanned Aerial System capable of automatic take-off and landing, new 30mm chain gun turret for the CM34 Clouded Leopard Infantry Fighting Vehicle and anti-radiation drone and launcher.