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NCSIST Chien Hsiang (Rising Sword)

Loitering Munition Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS)

Taiwan | 2024

"The NCSIST Chien Hsiang is a loitering munition option now given to the island nation of Taiwan as it seeks to remain autonomous from Chinese rule."

Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the NCSIST Chien Hsiang Loitering Munition Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS).
1 x Conventional engine driving twin-bladed propeller unit at rear of fuselage.
115 mph
185 kph | 100 kts
Max Speed
4,003 ft
1,220 m | 0 miles
Service Ceiling
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the NCSIST Chien Hsiang Loitering Munition Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS).
3.9 ft
1.20 m
O/A Length
6.6 ft
(2.00 m)
O/A Width
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the NCSIST Chien Hsiang (Rising Sword) Loitering Munition Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) .
Warhead in nosecone (entire system is expended in attack action).
Notable series variants as part of the NCSIST Chien Hsiang (Rising Sword) family line.
Chien Hsiang ("Rising Sword") - Base Series Name.
Chien Hsiang AS - Anti-Ship model of 2023; increased lethality.
Chien Hsiang DC - Air defense decoy model.
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Taking a page out of the West's Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) battlefield approach, the nation of Taiwan has locally-developed their own loitering munition option in the "Chien Hsiang" ("Rising Sword"). Loitering munitions have grown in popularity since the start of the 2020s and have more than proven their worth in the ongoing Russo-Ukrainian War (2022-Present). These weapon types, generically referred to as "kamikaze drones" by Western media sources, are essentially self-guided, relatively accurate controllable "missiles" which are wholly-expended in the resulting attack action. As such, they are typically inexpensive to manufacture en masse and are proving ever-popular with even smaller military forces the world over.

The Chien Hsiang is the product of the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology - NCSIST - and is solely in service with the Republic of China (Taiwan) Air Force (RoCAF). The drone was first unveiled in 2017 as part of a major Taiwanese military modernization effort.

The aircraft takes on a simply "missile-like" form complete with a rounded nosecap, cylindrical body/fuselage, and cut-down tail section housing the conventional engine unit driving a two-bladed propeller assembly (in "pusher" fashion). The mainplanes use a large surface area design with thick roots and natural sweepback leading to upturned wingtip vertical planes ("winglets"). An optics set is seated under the fuselage for unobstructed views of the terrain below.

The air vehicle has a length of 1.2 meters with a wingspan of 2 meters. It is powered through liquid-fueled powerplant and can reach operating speeds of 115 miles-per-hour. The guidance system relies on an Electro-Optical (EO) and inertial fit. Launching is by way of a box launcher unit sat over the rear of a tractor trailer vehicle which can carry some twelve ready-to-launch drones. Beyond this, the drone can just as easily be launched from a static installation or from the decks of warships if a less-mobile or more-mobile (respectively) approach is desired.

Two versions beyond the attack form have been developed by NCSIST, these encompassing a standard air defense decoy model and a more explosive anti-ship variant. The latter is of particular note and would undoubtedly be brought into play during a Chinese amphibious attack on the island.

The drone is expected to reach quantitative levels for service use sometime in 2024 or 2025.

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Total Production: 40 Units

Contractor(s): National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST) - Taiwan
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