The US, Taiwan and Japan are to share real-time data from naval reconnaissance drones, according to four people familiar with the project, demonstrating Washington’s push to strengthen co-ordination in the event of a Chinese attack on Taiwan.
US defence contractor General Atomics is due to deliver four MQ-9B Sea Guardian drones to Taipei beginning in 2025. The maritime variant of the Reaper drone that the US Air Force widely used in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria, it can find, track and target enemy ships and radars.
美国国防承包商通用原子公司(General Atomics)将于2025年开始向台北方面交付4架MQ-9B“海上卫士”(Sea Guardian)无人机，这是“死神”(Reaper)无人机的海上变型，可以发现、跟踪和瞄准敌方船只和雷达。“死神”无人机被美国空军在阿富汗、伊拉克、利比亚和叙利亚广泛使用。
That capability would be crucial in a war over Taiwan, a scenario in which Chinese surface warships and submarines would operate around the island. It could also enhance the ability of Taiwan and its neighbours to gain a full, real-time picture of the People’s Liberation Army Navy’s movements in peacetime in the first island chain, which extends from Japan to the Philippines.