Taiwan NCSIST ASRD crash 640Crash Taiwan MALE UAS

On 18 February 2021, at 18:33 hrs LT, a Teng Yun medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial system (MALE UAS) from the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST) has crashed.

The UAS, serial MU1611, was performing a test flight. After taking off from Zhi-Hang AFB (Taiwan) it crashed near the Taitung Forest Park. An investigation is going on. According to the press release, a disorder in the control system is assumed to be the cause of the crash. There were no injuries reported.

Taiwan NCSIST ASRD crash 2 320According to information, the Aeronautical System Research Division (ASRD) of the NCSIST has two prototypes, serials MU1611 and MU1612.

The Taiwanese MALE UAS design has a physical configuration that is comparable to the US-made General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. MQ-9 Reaper strike-capable reconnaissance UAS.

Photo: Tsungfang Tsai

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