Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
. Military Space News .




Subscribe to our free daily newsletters



Taiwan Modifies Aircraft To Carry Anti Ship Missiles

File photo of a Hsiung Feng II missile.

Taipei (AFP) Dec 15, 2005
Taiwan has modified two locally manufactured aircraft to carry anti-ship missiles that could be used to attack rival China's main ports, a defence magazine said.

Two AT-3A Tsu Chiang aircraft "have been modified to carry either Harpoon or locally produced Hsiung Feng II (Brave Wind II) anti-ship missiles," Jane's Defense Weekly said in an article to be published on January 1.

The aircraft have been modified by their state-run manufacturer, the Aerospace Industrial Development Corp, it said.

Sixty of the aircraft were originally designed and built as two-seater trainers for the Taiwan Air Force in the 1980s.

"If Taiwan chooses to convert significant numbers of AT-3A into AT-3K anti-ship missile platforms it will place China's major ports within Taiwan's range," the weekly said.

China has repeatedly threatened to invade Taiwan should the island declare formal independence, prompting Taiwan to seek more advanced weaponry to defend itself.

Relations between China and Taiwan, which split in 1949 at the end of a civil war, have worsened since independence-leaning Chen Shui-bian was elected president in 2000. He was re-elected last year.

Source: Agence France-Presse

Related Links
SpaceDaily
Search SpaceDaily
Subscribe To SpaceDaily Express

India Successfully Tests Trishul Missile
Bhubaneshwar, India (AFP) Dec 08, 2005
India successfully tested its Trishul missile Thursday in the eastern state of Orissa, defence officials said.







  • Calls For Closer US Tabs On China Tech Rise
  • China Wants To Boost Trade, Military Ties With India
  • Walker's World: A 4x4 Coalition Emerging
  • Outside View: Coping with China

  • India Tells Bush To Use Full Weight To Get Nuclear Deal Passed
  • SKorea And US Split On NKorea Deal
  • Bring Back The Nukes
  • Israel Urges World To Open Eyes To Iran

  • Taiwan Modifies Aircraft To Carry Anti Ship Missiles
  • India Successfully Tests Trishul Missile
  • India Successfully Tests Surface To Air Missile
  • Russian RPG Line Dominates World Market For Man Portable Anti Armor Weapons

  • Japan Expects To Pay One Third Of Joint Missile System With US
  • Orbital Launches OBV Missile Defense Interceptor Rocket
  • Northrop Grumman Plays Critical Role In Missile Defense Test
  • Boeing Leads Ground-based Midcourse Defense Flight Test

  • USAF Declares Initial Operating Capability For F22A Raptor Jet Fighter
  • FAA, LockMart Complete National Rollout Of New Radar Data Communications Gateway
  • Anti-Missile Protection: Who Will Pay?
  • US Air Force Releases New Mission Statement

  • ADF To Be Equipped With New Long Range Tactical UAV Fleet
  • Lockheed Martin To Build High Altitude Airship For MDA
  • X-47B J-UCAS Team Simulates Control Of Four Attack UAVs
  • NOAA Completes First Series Of Missions With Altair UAS

  • US General Hails Election But Warns Insurgency Will Continue
  • More Sacrifice Ahead, Bush Says Of Iraq
  • Bush Presents Old Policy In New Wrapping
  • A Real Intelligence Failure

  • Thales And DCN Announce French Naval Defence Alliance
  • Elbit Systems ORCWS 25-30 Unmanned Turret System Completes Field Trials
  • Raytheon Team Conducts Weapon System Wind Tunnel Test For The APKWS II Program
  • Harris Introduces Falcon Watch Remote Intrusion Detection And Surveillance System

  • The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2006 - SpaceDaily.AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA PortalReports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additionalcopyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement