Taiwan’s National Security Council Torpedoes Plan to Import Warmate Loitering Munition
Up Media reports that a plan by Taiwan’s National Chung-Shan Institute of Science & Technology (NCSIST) to import the WB Electronics Warmate micro loitering munition for local manufacturing has been called off by the island’s National Security Council.[embedded content]
Back in June this year, Up Media broke the news of the impending cooperation between Taiwan and Poland. However, the research institute received a call from the security council to stop the project immediately afterwards. The directive given to NCSIST was that the platform must be a local design.
But Up Media found out that NCSIST had wanted to import the Warmate and link it with its own network system. The local network will allow up to 10 drones to be controlled at one time. The network will have anti-jam capability and the drones can feedback their sensor data to the command post for target identification and selection.
The technology transfer agreement with WB Electronics will also allow Taiwan to fit different types of warheads to the Warmate.
The news report added that the project is now in disarray and plans to induct the system into service in 2022 are in doubt.
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