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New facility more than doubles missile production

TAIPEI, Aug. 14 (CNA) According to a recent Ministry of National Defense (MND) report, the National Sun Yat-sen Institute of Science and Technology has announced several new missiles that are expected to more than double Taiwan’s annual missile production to 500. completed the facility.

The government’s project to procure eight indigenous weapons systems in five years also allowed the state-owned weapons developer and manufacturer to build new facilities.

Funding for the TWD240 billion (US$8.01 billion) project was approved by Congress in January this year.

These procurement items include corvettes, land-based anti-ship missile systems, land-based air defense missile systems, unmanned air attack vehicles, Osheng missile systems, Wan Chien air-to-ground missile systems, anti-aircraft systems, and weaponry. A system that can be installed on Coast Guard ships during wartime.

The addition of the facility will increase the annual production capacity of Tien Chien “Sky Sword” II missiles from 40 to 150. Thien Cung “Sky Bow” III air defense missiles from 48 to 96. Yufuu III anti-ship missile from 20 to 70. Hsiung Feng II and Hsiung Sheng cruise missiles sharing the 81 to 131 production line. Between 18 and 50 Wan Chien missiles, according to a Pentagon report recently submitted to Congress.

According to reports, the total number of these missiles will increase from 207 to 497 per year.

The Osheng cruise missile, which has yet to enter service, is a precision strike missile intended to hit key targets and command posts, according to the Defense Department.

The missile is a long-range version of the Xiongfeng II E missile, with a range of 1,000 to 1,200 kilometers, the ministry said, adding that it could hit Zhejiang, Anhui, Jiangxi and most provinces in China. From launch sites in northern and southern Taiwan, in Hubei and Guangdong provinces.

On the other hand, Wan Jian missiles are deployed in northern, central and southern Taiwan, and coastal anti-ship missiles are deployed in northern, central, southern and eastern Taiwan and are targeted by the People’s Liberation Army. It said it would deploy a carrier strike group and an amphibious fleet to ensure freedom of air and navigation across the country.

Land-based air defense missiles are deployed in the north, center, south, east and outlying islands of the country and are used in anti-aircraft and anti-missile operations as needed. , as backup for the MIM-104F Patriot (PAC-3) missile, the ministry added.

Meanwhile, according to the Ministry of Defense, anti-aircraft defense systems will be deployed in northern, central and southern Taiwan to neutralize hostile ships entering from medium, low and very low altitudes.

With the exception of the anti-aircraft system, which is a short-range air defense system, all of the aforementioned weapon systems have a range of more than 150 km.

https://focustaiwan.tw/sci-tech/202208130014 New facility more than doubles missile production

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