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Taiwan Displays New Missile Launch Vehicle

Aug. 14, 2013 - 10:18AM   |  
By WENDELL MINNICK   |   Comments
Taiwan's navy unveiled a prototype Wednesday of a road-mobile launcher carrier for the supersonic Hsiung Feng 3 (Brave Wind) anti-ship cruise missile at a pre-show press tour for the biennial Taipei Aerospace and Defense Technology Exhibition.
Taiwan's navy unveiled a prototype Wednesday of a road-mobile launcher carrier for the supersonic Hsiung Feng 3 (Brave Wind) anti-ship cruise missile at a pre-show press tour for the biennial Taipei Aerospace and Defense Technology Exhibition. (Wendell Minnick / Defense News)
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Taiwan's navy unveiled a prototype Wednesday of a road-mobile launcher carrier for the supersonic Hsiung Feng 3 (Brave Wind) anti-ship cruise missile at a pre-show press tour for the biennial Taipei Aerospace and Defense Technology Exhibition. / Wendell Minnick / Defense News

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TAIPEI — Taiwan’s navy unveiled a prototype today of a road-mobile launcher carrier for the supersonic Hsiung Feng 3 (Brave Wind) anti-ship cruise missile at a pre-show press tour for the biennial Taipei Aerospace and Defense Technology Exhibition (TADTE). The show will run from Aug. 15 to 18.

Chungshan Institute of Science and Technology (CSIST) officials said the launch canisters on the road-mobile launch vehicle were the same as the ones for ships. The HF-3 has been outfitted on Taiwan’s Perry-class (Cheng Kung-class) frigates for several years, and some of the Ching Chiang-class patrol ships and Kidd-class destroyers recently were outfitted with the HF-3. However, there was no evidence until today of a land-based road-mobile variant.

The military-run CSIST produces the Hsiung Feng family of anti-ship missiles. CSIST officials said the trailer was locally built, but DAF Trucks, a Dutch truck manufacturing company under Paccar Inc., provided the truck.

The new Hsiung Feng 2E land-attack cruise missile was recently spotted on a similar truck and trailer configuration, but it was disguised as a civilian delivery truck, dubbed “Red Bird Express Delivery” and painted pastel blue.

The HF-3 uses a rocket-ramjet propulsion system and can reach 130 kilometers at 2,300 kilometers per hour. At the 2011 TADTE, CSIST displayed the HF-3 along with a mural showing it sinking China’s new aircraft carrier, the Liaoning. China continues to aim more than 1,000 short-range ballistic missiles at Taiwan, the DF-11/15, and an unknown number of cruise missiles. Despite calls by Taiwan’s government to reduce the number of missiles, analysts and local government officials indicate China is continuing to upgrade and increase the numbers and types of missiles despite improved cross-Strait relations between Beijing and Taipei.

A US defense official told Defense News that the US government does not object to Taiwan producing advanced missile systems, even land-attack, so long as they do not violate the Missile Technology Control Regime, which restricts missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles to a 500 kg payload and a range of 300 kilometers.

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