Taiwan unveils cruise missiles designed to strike Chinese military installations

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

Taiwan’s Air Force on Tuesday (September 22) displayed its new Wan Chien, Ten Thousand Swords) air-to-ground cruise missiles at an offshore military base, along with its Indigenous Defense Fighters (IDF) and other weaponry.

During President Tsai Ing-wen’s visit on Tuesday to the Magong Air Force base in Taiwan’s island county of Penghu, the military offered a rare glimpse of the locally developed Wan Chien missiles, which only entered service in 2018. Developed by the National Chungshan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST), the weapons are carried exclusively by the IDF jets and can be fired at targets about 200 kilometers away.

The GPS-guided missiles are said to have the ability to strike Chinese air bases, military barracks, and fortifications in Fujian and Guangdong provinces once they are fired from near the median line of the Taiwan Strait. They can also be used to immobilise amphibious ships approaching Taiwan, reported CNA.

This is the first time Wan Chien cruise missiles have been displayed to the public. Their debut appearance comes at a time when the Chinese military has increased activity around Taiwan.

Since last Thursday (September 17), Chinese warplanes have entered Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) five times. On September 18, 12 Chinese jets crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait and came extremely close to entering Taiwan’s sovereign airspace.

During her address to Magong Air Force base staff, Tsai emphasized that Taiwan will not allow China to continue saber-rattling. She said that she is confident in the “ability” and “resolve” of the Taiwanese armed forces to defend the country and that Taiwan is dedicated to maintaining peace and stability in the region.



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