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Wednesday 10 April 2024
SpaceX contract to supply Starlink in Ukraine worth US$23 million
The Pentagon revealed that its contract to deploy Elon Musk's Starlink terminals in Ukraine is worth $23 million, finally putting a dollar figure on a deal that has embroiled one of the world's richest men in the Russia conflict — sometimes to his own chagrin.
Wednesday 3 April 2024
Red Jackal over Taiwan: Geosat CEO clears the air on drone scandal
Geosat's CEO Max Lo talks to DIGITIMES Asia about the Jackal controversy, cooperation with NATO, and why Hong Kong films are getting rubbish.
Monday 1 April 2024
T-Motor: The Chinese drone maker making a killing on global conflict
When T-Motor sends its deadly drones into global conflict zones we all pay the price.
Thursday 28 March 2024
Taiwan and US to jump light years ahead of photonics curve
Taiwan and the US have a long tradition of technical cooperation.
Tuesday 26 March 2024
Japan strengthens dual-use tech cooperation with the private sector
Japanese manufacturers and the Japanese Ministry of Defense have been increasing cooperation and joint development. According to Nikkei, in the fiscal year 2023 (April 2023 to March 2024), the number of collaborative development projects between the Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) and private companies reached 30, more than doubling compared to the 14 projects in the fiscal year 2022. This increase is significantly higher than in previous years.
Tuesday 26 March 2024
Taiwan's energy security at a crossroads
With global climate change on the rise and geopolitical risks looming, resource and energy supplies are increasingly constrained. For Taiwan, which imports 98% of its energy, strategic planning and leveraging technological capabilities are essential to swiftly adapt to challenges and ensure stable societal operations, thus averting crises stemming from resource and energy shortages.
Friday 22 March 2024
Time to invest in Taiwan's drones as flying taxis become boring
Air taxis are set to become part of everyday life.
Friday 22 March 2024
Taiwan's wartime communications network under magnifying lens
Communications technology has long been integral to warfare, and the wartime resilience of telecommunications infrastructure is especially critical as it underpins military Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (C4ISR) capabilities. For instance, the US Department of Defense believes that the joint force has to be commanded across all warfighting domains and throughout the electromagnetic spectrum, and a Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2) was laid out to guide and implement this vision.
Friday 22 March 2024
Coretronic Intelligent Robotics secures US drone orders; eyeing Taiwanese military drone bid
The Coretronic Group, through its subsidiary Coretronic Intelligent Robotics Corporation (CIRC), is actively advancing in the drone industry.
Monday 18 March 2024
Taiwan strengthens satellite comms in preparation for war
Taiwan's Chunghwa Telecom signed a satellite deal with UK government-invested OneWeb.
Monday 18 March 2024
IntelliEPI expands epitaxy capacity as defense orders increase
Intelligent Epitaxy Technology Inc (IntelliEPI), a leading provider of epitaxy service for compound semiconductors like Indium Phosphide (InP), Gallium Arsenide (GaAs), and Gallium antimonide (GaSb), has recently stated that the application for subsidies under the US CHIPS Act has passed the preliminary review and that IntelliEPI is preparing to submit formal application documents.
Friday 15 March 2024
Transcom sees pull-in of orders for military, satellites
Compound semiconductor IDM Transcom has seen a strong pull-in of power amplifier orders for niche application markets, such as aerospace, defense, and satellites, boosting its overall operating performance.
Thursday 14 March 2024
Google establishes Asia-Pacific cyber defense hub in Tokyo
Google announced the establishment of its first network defense center in the Asia-Pacific region, situated in Tokyo, Japan.
Wednesday 13 March 2024
US 2025 defense budget to cut semiconductor spending
On March 11, 2024, the US Department of Defense (DoD) revealed the Biden-Harris Administration's proposed fiscal year 2025 defense budget request totaling US$849.8 billion. In accordance with the government's 2022 Nationa Defense Strategy, the proposed budget considers defense against the "multi-domain challenge" posed by China and the building of a "resilient joint force and defense ecosystem" as two of its priorities. A total of US$143.2 billion has been proposed for the department's spending on Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation (RDT&E). The FY 2024 RDT&E budget was US$139.7 billion after Cost Reduction Adjustment, and the actual spending in FY 2023 was US$140.9 billion.
Thursday 7 March 2024
Is Taiwan's defense industry up for asymmetric warfare?
As China's National People's Congress holds its annual Two Sessions meeting, the defense budget for 2024 submitted by China's Ministry of Finance has revealed a 7.2% growth to reach CNY1.67 trillion (US$232 billion), surpassing its moderate GDP growth target set at around 5%. In the government work report delivered by China's Premier Li Qiang, the term "peaceful reunification" has been dropped, a change that was soon picked up by international media.
Monday 4 March 2024
Chinese chip industry's space race behind the curtain of MWC 2024
On the sidelines of the overarching US-China tech rivalry unfolding across multiple domains, the Mobile World Congress (MWC) Barcelona 2024 took place between Feb. 26 - 29, featuring more than 300 Chinese companies. Leading Chinese participants like Huawei, Xiaomi, Honor, and ZTE have all flaunted their innovations in AI and telecommunications. Huawei, for example, has famously launched its AI large language model (LLM) - Telecom Foundation Model - designed for telecom carriers. ZTE has also unveiled its Full-Scenario Intelligent Ecosystem 3.0 which combines Large-Scale AI Model, Big Data, and 3D technology to form a unified AI platform for all services.
Friday 1 March 2024
Japan's Defense Ministry looks into photonics for drone warfare
Innovative Optical and Wireless Network (IOWN), an initiative for all-photonics communication infrastructure led by Japanese telecom company NTT, has gained the attention of Japan's Ministry of Defense. Back in August 2023, the Ministry of Defense established a committee to promote the utilization of next-generation communication technology and began to look into IOWN. A dedicated research institution is expected to be set up in 2024, followed by a procurement budget in 2025, making the Defense Ministry a potential major adopter of IOWN.
Monday 26 February 2024
China Mobile launches world's first 6G test satellite. Why it matters?
China Mobile, which boasts the world's largest number of mobile users, successfully launched the world's first 6G architecture test satellite recently, marking a significant milestone in exploring integrated space-ground communication technology.
Friday 23 February 2024
German businesses in Taiwan impacted by cross-strait tensions, highlighting importance of energy resilience
The German Trade Office Taipei has released its Business Confidence Survey Report 2023/2024. The survey, conducted between November 15, 2023, and January 12, 2024, had a response rate of 39% out of the 251 contacted German businesses in Taiwan. "Even though a high degree of continuity in economic policy can be expected after January's elections, increased cross-strait tensions are seen as a growing burden," according to the report's assessment.
Tuesday 20 February 2024
Netherlands revoked ASML's China export licences fearing destructive Chinese weapons
The Dutch Trade Minister Geoffrey van Leeuwen expressed fears about China's intentions.
Tuesday 20 February 2024
How can the Chinese commercial space sector close the gap with the US
As the direction of the US space policy changed from 2003 on, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) gradually left the low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite sector to private industry, instead focusing on the deeper space domain with higher academic research value. This shift ushered in a new era of commercialization in the space industry. SpaceX, which currently dominates the field of LEO satellites, was founded during this period and emerged prominently only after advancements in rocket technology and a reduction in satellite manufacturing costs.
Friday 16 February 2024
Pentagon-sanctioned Chinese LiDAR supplier focuses on chip design amid increased shipment
Added by the US Department of Defense to the list of Chinese military companies, Chinese LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) company Hesai Technology continues to see growing shipment volumes in 2023, along with other leading LiDAR companies in China. Chinese LiDAR companies have also been beefing up their in-house chip design efforts to prepare for a potential escalation of sanctions.
Friday 16 February 2024
Geopolitical turmoil fuels Taiwan's rise as key supply chain hub
Amid the escalating rifts of the US-China trade war, the concept of supply chains is undergoing a fundamental transformation. No longer just a logistical network, supply chains are now being bifurcated into distinct "Chinese" and "non-Chinese" factions, with conflicts further deepening the divide between "democratic" and "non-democratic" camps.
Thursday 15 February 2024
RapidTek, Taiwan's LEO satellite antenna startup, steps up expansion into the European market
With satellite communication becoming inalienable to the formation of 6G and growing in strategic importance, Taiwan's satellite industry development is gaining traction as well. While governmental organizations like the Taiwan Space Agency (TASA) primarily focus on the development and deployment of satellites, more and more companies from the private sector also jump on the wagon, supplying payloads and ground equipment for both national space programs, defense projects, and commercial applications. In 2022, the output of Taiwan's space industry reached US$7.19 billion, while 98.7% of it came from the ground segment.
Monday 5 February 2024
Raytheon collaborates with AMD to build next-gen multi-chip package
Raytheon, an RTX company, has received a $20 million contract from the Strategic and Spectrum Missions Advanced Resilient Trusted Systems (S2MARTS) consortium to develop a next-generation multi-chip package for use in ground, maritime, and airborne sensors, according to the major US defense contractor.
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