Surface-to-air and anti-ship missile systems to be tested
By Joseph Yeh, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- A live-fire exercise featuring two of Taiwan's main missile systems will be held later this week at sea off the island's east coast to showcase the armed forces' defense capability, local media reported yesterday.
September 24, 2013, 12:17 am TWN
The exercise, to be held on Sep. 26 and 27, will feature the U.S.-made Standard Missile 2 (SM-2) surface-to-air missile and the locally developed Hsiung Feng III (HF-3, 雄風三型飛彈) “Brave Wind” surface-to-surface supersonic anti-ship missile, two Chinese-language newspapers reported yesterday.
During the upcoming exercises, the Navy will send its Kidd-class destroyers to test-fire the SM-2 surface-to-air missiles deployed on the warships, reports said.
The scheduled drills were originally set to be held yesterday and today, the reports quoted unidentified military sources as saying. But Typhoon Usagi, which devastated the country over the past weekend, prevented the drills from being held as scheduled.
The military, therefore, decided to postpone the drills until later this week.
The drills are to be held to showcase Taiwan capability to fend off Chinese forces in case of invasion, sources were quoted in the reports.
Chinese military aircraft and vessels are often spotted in Taiwan's waters and airspace. The military wishes to make use of the upcoming drills to show its determination to defend the nation, sources said.
SM-2 and HF-3
Taiwan bought a batch of SM-2 missiles together with four Kidd-class destroyers from the U.S. in 2005. The SM-2 missile has a maximum operational range of 170 km and a speed of Mach 3.5.
Meanwhile, the HF-3 are locally developed by the military's top research unit, the Chung Shan Institute of Science and Technology. They were made public during a drill in 2007.
The HF-3 is designed to penetrate an enemy vessel's hull before exploded inside the ship to cause greater damage, local experts previously told local media. It reportedly reaches speeds between Mach 2.5 and Mach 3, and has a range of between 150km and 200km.
The HF-3 is hailed by local military experts as “an aircraft-carrier killer” in response to the Chinese deployment of their first aircraft carrier. The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) commissioned the Liaoning (遼寧號) on Sept. 25, 2012 after it underwent successful sea trials. Foreign experts have predicted that it is expected to be fully operational by 2017.