Taiwan seeks to buy Harpoon coastal defense batteries from US

29-May-2020 Intellasia | TaiwanNews | 6:02 AM Print This Post

Taiwan is seeking to purchase Harpoon coastal defense batteries from the United States, which would lead the military owning four types of anti-ship missiles, the Ministry of National Defense said Thursday (May 28).

Deputy Defense minister Chang Che-ping confirmed the military’s intentions to lawmakers at a committee meeting, CNA reported.

US Navy fires a Harpoon missile during exercises near Puerto Rico (Wikimedia Commons photo)

US Navy fires a Harpoon missile during exercises near Puerto Rico (Wikimedia Commons photo)

While Taiwan has already developed its own anti-ship missile, the Hsiung Feng II, the Harpoon’s on-land launch units have superior mobility, defense officials said. If the US approves the request, Taiwan’s Navy could take delivery of the missile systems in 2023, according to Chang.

In that case, Taiwan’s Harpoon arsenal would include the Air Force’s fixed-wing AGM-84, the RGM-84 to be launched from surface ships, the UGM-84, which can be fired from submarine torpedo tubes, and the coastal defense batteries. The systems are developed by Boeing Defense, Space & Security.

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