CSIST Chung Shyang II
|Chung Shyang II UAV|
|The Chung Shyang II UAV being unveiled publicly on the 2007 National Day Celebrations|
|Manufacturer||Chungshan Institute of Science and Technology|
|Status||Development began in 2002, expected to finish in 2011|
|Primary user||Republic of China (Taiwan) Army|
|Program cost||143.2 Million NTD (2009-2011)|
|Developed from||Chung Shyang I|
CSIST unveiled a prototype of the UAV at the Taipei Aerospace and Defence Technology Exhibition in August, 2005. CSIST began researching UAVs in 2002, which resulted in the first Chung Shyang I UAV, then later the Chung Shyang II.
The Chung Shyang II UAV can perform surveillance, reconnaissance, target acquisition, artillery spotting and battle damage assessment sorties for the military and perform other duties such as border patrol, and aerial reconnaissance for various government agencies.
Funding for the project has been passed by the Legislative Yuan, it is expected to be finished in 2011.
The Republic of China (Taiwan) military is currently planning to develop an armed variant of the UAV, and procure around 3 battalions of armed UAVs for the Republic of China Army. Some industry sources have been stating that an armed variant would include an 800 kg (1,760 lb) payload, possibly an early-warning radar, a few AGM-114 Hellfire air-to-surface missiles and perhaps the self-made Hsiung Feng IIE cruise missile.
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