Saturday, September 19, 2009

Taiwan Awaits Defense Show



Taiwan Awaits Defense Show

More than 30 foreign and 65 local exhibitors, including Raytheon, Dassault and Lockheed Martin, are expected to participate in the 8th Taipei Aerospace & Defense Technology Exhibition (TADTE), scheduled for Aug. 16-19 at the Taipei World Trade Center.

TADTE will feature seminars on UAV systems, digital high-speed cameras for aerospace use and performance-based logistics.

The Ministry of National Defense will show off its new eight-wheel-drive Clouded Leopard armored personnel carrier and a new howitzer. Military-run Chungshan Institute of Science and Technology and state-run Aerospace Industry Development Corp. are expected to display full-scale models of the Hsiung Feng (Brave Wind) anti-ship missile and Tien Kung (Sky Bow) air defense missile.

Expectations are upbeat this year, in part due to recent passage of a defense budget by the legislature for 12 P-3C Orion maritime aircraft, an upgrade of Patriot PAC-2 air defense missiles, a feasibility study for submarines and a partial budget for 66 F-16 fighters. The budget had been stymied by political wrangling since 2004.