Friday, July 07, 2006

Taiwan to test missile

Taiwan to test missile that can hit China...

Taiwan plans to test launch a Hsiung Feng-3 short-range ballistic missile capable of hitting China, reports Reuters. According to an online report by the Taiwanese cable news network ETTV, the missile was developed by Taiwan’s Chungshan Institute of Science and Technology and has a range of 600 km (360 miles). If accurate, the range would put Chinese coastal areas from Fuzhou in Fujian Province to Nan’ao in Guangdong within striking distance of the missile. China has already deployed nearly 800 short-range missiles aimed at Taiwan. The ETTV report speculated that the Hsiung Feng-4 test launch might take place in September.

Awright! If true...

UPDATE: Ministry of Defense will not confirm:

"You know that we never make any comments or confirm anything on such an issue," said ministry Spokesman Rear Admiral Wu Chi-fang (吳季方) when approached by reporters for comment.

"If we achieve something or want to show the world what we have accomplished, we would arrange a press visit to the bases where the state-of-the-art weapons would be displayed," he said.

Local Chinese-language online news outlet quoted an anonymous source as saying that the Chungshan Institute of Science and Technology has secretly developed the Hsiung Feng III (Brave Wind III) missile, which can hit an object 600km away.


"The press creates stories on things like this all the time and we have gotten used to it. We do not comment on stories that were made up by the press. This is unnecessary," Wu said.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Is there any Taiwan reaction to the North Korean missle test? Big deal here in the US. Maybe the timing of the Taiwanese missle test is related.