Taiwan to conduct 2 days of live-fire missile tests off southeast coast

25-Sep-2020 Intellasia | TaiwanNews | 6:02 AM Print This Post

As China continues to send warplanes into Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ), the island’s main weapons developer announced Thursday (September 24) it was conducting two days of live-fire missile tests off Taitung County.

The National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST) said there was “no ceiling” for the height of the missile tests, while their reach stretched 300 kilometers into the Pacific, encompassing the waters off the counties of Hualien and Taitung, including Orchid Island, CNA reported.

While neither the NCSIST nor the military revealed more details about the September 24-25 event, defense experts speculated the tests centered on Hsiung Feng III supersonic anti-ship missiles or Sky Bow III surface-to-air missiles.

Another possibility was that the weapons developer was putting a new yet-to-be-unveiled missile system through its paces, CNA reported. The projectiles were likely to be fired from the Jiupeng base in Pingtung County.

Members of the public reported seeing large military vehicles passing through Taitung City Thursday morning, though it was not known whether they were in any way related to the planned missile firings.



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