July 22, 2023

Inspired by Ukraine war, Taiwan launches drone blitz to counter China

Source: Reuters

Journalists: David Lague, Yimou Lee, James Pomfret

Today, China has virtually cornered the global commercial drone market, accounting for an estimated 80% of sales, according to some industry estimates. This is a key advantage for the PLA, which can draw on this vast commercial drone industry for technical assistance, equipment suppliers and off-the-shelf models.

“In some respects, the Chinese military has advanced more quickly than the U.S. military in adopting and experimenting with drones, and really leveraging commercial technologies and enterprises to explore a wide range of designs and possibilities,” said Elsa Kania, a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security and a specialist on Chinese military technology.

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  • Elsa B. Kania

    Adjunct Senior Fellow, Technology and National Security Program

    Elsa B. Kania is an Adjunct Senior Fellow with the Technology and National Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. Her research focuses on Chinese military...