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Taiwan unveils its biggest ever military drone

A photographer takes photo of the latest home-made MALE Unmanned Aircraft Systems during a press conference of the 2015 Taipei Aerospace and Defense Technology Exhibition at the World Trade Center in Taipei on August 12, 2015. Taiwan will unveil the prototype of its largest military drone to the public at a Taipei convention, a chance for the island to flex its muscles in the face of China’s growing military might. AFP PHOTO/SAM YEH

TAIPEI–Taiwan unveiled the prototype of its largest ever military drone on Wednesday as it seeks to boost its defense forces in the face of a perceived threat from China.

The sleek, white unmanned aircraft is designed for intelligence gathering and surveillance missions, according to the National Chung Shan Institute of Science and Technology (CSIST), an arm of the Ministry of National Defense that is developing the drone.

It is more than twice the size of any of the existing fleet of 32 “Sharp Kite” drones used by Taiwanese forces.

“Our research and dev…

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