Taiwan detected NK rocket before Japanese: lawmaker
CNATAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan detected North Korea's Dec. 12 rocket launch a few minutes earlier than Japan thanks to the help of the military's new long-range early warning radar system, a ruling Kuomintang legislator said yesterday.
January 4, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
The military has successfully completed testing of the radar system and has found no connection problems between it and either the Patriot anti missile system or the Heng Shan Military Command Center, Lin Yu fang said.
Earlier that day, Lin inspected the radar system in Loshan, Hsinchu County along with Chen Chen-hsiang and Chan Kai-chin, two of his colleagues from the Foreign and National Defense Committee.
The U.S.-built system was inaugurated last month and the Ministry of National Defense confirmed Dec. 12 that the system had been used to monitor North Korea's controversial rocket launch.
The system, worth more than NT$40 billion, is more powerful than those of a similar type currently in service in the United States, according to military sources.