During the Russian-Ukrainian war, Ukraine has repeatedly used military and civilian-grade UAVs to make significant military achievements. Taiwan experts and scholars believe that UAVs will be the key to building air superiority for small countries in the future. There are currently more than 10,000 civilian UAVs operating in Taiwan. people, future conflicts can play an important role.
A new think tank, the Taiwan Taoist Strategy Association, established last year, today held a seminar on “Russian-Ukrainian War Inspiration for Taiwan’s New National Defense” to discuss the use of drones in conflicts across the Taiwan Strait.
Luo Zhengfang, founder of Jingwei Technology, pointed out that many people think that Russia should be able to take Ukraine quickly, but they did not expect Ukraine to survive without air superiority. Therefore, “UAVs are the air superiority of small countries.” The world shows how small countries can use asymmetrical combat power to completely change the pattern of warfare.
Compared with military drones, which take a long time to train, commercial models can be used in about a week, and Taiwan currently has about 10,000 qualified drone operators. If a war breaks out in Taihai, will civilian drones be able to play a role in the battlefield immediately?
Zhou Yonghong, chairman of the Taichung City Drone Pilots Professional Association, pointed out, “Taiwan’s civilian drone pilots usually perform aerial photography, surveying, and other businesses. There is a group of skilled pilots to assist in the fight.”
Although domestic UAV-related regulations are not yet complete, in addition to the problems of wartime integration, the battlefield environment in the Taiwan Strait is quite different from the ground war between Russia and Ukraine. The battle for air and sea supremacy in naval battles and missile attacks will be the main goals, so there are not many opportunities for drones to be useful in the early days.
Unless the national army’s anti-ship wave mission fails in the middle and late stages of the war, allowing the PLA to land successfully and enter residential areas and towns to fight, a large number of domestic drone pilots can be converted into auxiliary roles of the national army, so the relevant units still have to introduce a bill for this situation. , Incorporate commercial drone teams into the defense system, and conduct large-scale exercises such as Hanguang or Wan’an to accumulate military-civilian cooperative combat experience and cultivate the ability to convert between peace and war.