Cardinal II

Cardinal II
Platform:Cardinal II
Max takeoff weight(kg):5.50
Max speed(km/h):55
Maker:National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology

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Cardinal II from Taiwan, produced by National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology


This is a small hand-launched drone that is designed for intelligence gathering, surveillance, tactical reconnaissance, and target acquisition capabilities. It has a modular design and a digital data link that can communicate with a ground control system. It can fly autonomously or by remote control, and can return home and land safely in case of communication failure. It is developed by NCSIST, a Taiwanese institute.

• Type
Small size unmanned aircraft system.

• Development
The Cardinal II UAS has been developed and improved from its original prototype Cardinal I since

2009 with better payload design, digital data link, and automatic tracking antenna system.

• Description
Cardinal II UAS is used to support and reinforce the surveillance, reconnaissance, and target

acquisition capabilities for battalion level combat troops to acquire real-time precise target location.

• Specifications
Size:L 1.9 m  W 1.3m  H 0.35 m

Weight:5.5 kg

Cruise speed:55 km/hr

Endurance:60 mins.

Power:Brushless electric motor


• Status
The Republic of China Marine has ordered 5 sets of Cardinal II UAS which is scheduled to deliver

before the end of 2016.

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