Taiwan is promoting its defense tech in France


PARIS — Taiwan is showcasing its domestically developed defense, aerospace and smart machinery technologies and products and exploring opportunities for cooperation at the 2017 Paris Air Show at Paris-Le Bourget Airport being held June 19-25.

A number of Taiwanese organizations and companies are showcasing their technologies and products at the show, including the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (CIST), the Aerospace Industrial Development Corp. and the Industrial Technology Research Institute, while several machine tool companies are displaying their products at a Taiwan machine tool pavilion.

Taiwan External Trade Development Council Vice Chairman Kuo Lin-wu (郭臨伍) said Tuesday at a press conference in Paris that this is the first time Taiwan has set up such a pavilion at the fair, with the aim of promoting Taiwanese precision machine tools and spare parts for aerospace applications.

Taiwan’s machine tool products enjoy great popularity in the world market due to their quality, particularly smart aerospace machinery.

Through the pavilion, Taiwan wants to show the world its competitiveness in developing smart machinery and promote its contributions to the aerospace industry, Kuo said.

Meanwhile, in view of the increasing demand for defense systems against potential terrorist attacks following the terrorist attack in Paris in April, the CIST is showcasing an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) defense and deterrent system that can be used for airport and border security.

Also on display are a CIST counter-improvised explosive device system and the Tuo Jiang — Taiwan’s first locally built stealth missile corvette — as well as the Hsiung Feng II anti-ship missile and the Hsiung Feng III supersonic anti-ship missile, both of which have been deployed by the navy.

Other items on display are infrared equipment and radar and observation systems, as well as electro-optical products, according to the institute.

The air show, which is believed to be the largest and most influential of its kind in the world, attracts exhibitors from over 2,400 companies and some 375,000 visitors this year.