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NCSIST Teng Yun (Cloud Rider)

Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV) / Attack Drone

Taiwan | 2022

"The NCSIST Teng Yun remains in testing for Taiwanese defense forces and will add a considerable tactical solution once it comes online."

Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the NCSIST Teng Yun Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV) / Attack Drone.
1 x Turboprop engine seated at the rear of the fuselage driving a three-bladed propeller unit in pusher arrangement.
301 mph
485 kph | 262 kts
Max Speed
25,000 ft
7,620 m | 5 miles
Service Ceiling
621 miles
1,000 km | 540 nm
Operational Range
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the NCSIST Teng Yun Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV) / Attack Drone.
36.1 ft
11.00 m
O/A Length
65.6 ft
(20.00 m)
O/A Width
12.5 ft
(3.80 m)
O/A Height
4,894 lb
(2,220 kg)
Empty Weight
10,472 lb
(4,750 kg)
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the NCSIST Teng Yun (Cloud Rider) Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV) / Attack Drone .
Assumed: 4 x Air-to-surface missiles (ASMs) held at underwing hardpoints. Possible provision for aerial rockets as well.
Notable series variants as part of the NCSIST Teng Yun (Cloud Rider) family line.
Teng Yun - Base Series Name.
Teng Yun I - Original developmental model of 2015.
Teng Yun II - Enhanced developmental model of 2020.
Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 12/27/2023 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site; No A.I. was used in the generation of this content.

As the Chinese intention to take over the island nation of Taiwan by force continues to grow in the 2020s, it behooves the nation to take a page out of the playbook of Ukraine who has done relatively well in repelling an all-out invasion from neighboring Russia. Key to the continued successes of the Ukrainian Land Forces is its reliance on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UASs) of various types offering broad over-battlefield capabilities. For Taiwan, the approach is embodied in several designs from local industry with one being the "Teng Yun" ("Cloud Rider") by the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST).

The program was begun in 2007 and a public unveiling was had in 2015. Testing followed into 2018-2020 leading to a more advanced, reliable end-form (as the "Teng Yun 2"). The series is solely in service with the Republic of China Air Force (RoCAF) of Taiwan. At least one developmental model was lost in 2021 during testing.

The aircraft is intended for both Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance (ISR) sorties as well as direct-attack but can also be used in the general data-collecting role, humanitarian assistance, border enforcement, fisheries protection, maritime patrol, artillery-spotting, and Search and Rescue (SAR) roles - such is its versatility. It is assumed that the platform has provision to mount air-to-surface missiles (at least two such weapons) as well as rockets for attack runs while promoting high loitering times.

Externally, the Teng Yun mimics the design lines and general arrangement of the General Atomics MQ-9 "Reaper" attack drone complete with straight, clipped mainplanes at midships, outward-canted vertical tailplanes, and a bulbous nose housing. The undercarriage is fixed (non-retractable) and wheeled for ground-running. A turboprop engine is positioned at the extreme end of the fuselage and drives a three-bladed propeller unit in pusher arrangement. A single ventral fin is seated under the tail for stability. The optics set is housed in a traversing blister found under the "chin" of the aircraft providing unobstructed views of the terrain forward, below, and to the sides of the aircraft.

Operational ranges of this UAS reach 1,000 kilometers and the unit has an endurance window of 24 hours making it an ideal airborne tactical solution. The listed service ceiling is 25,000 feet.

The aircraft is in the same class of UASs as the IAI Heron of Israel and TAI Anka of Turkey.

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Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the NCSIST Teng Yun (Cloud Rider). Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national aircraft listing.

Total Production: 3 Units

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