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Weapon systems on display at defense show

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- An exhibition to showcase Taiwan's achievement in locally developed defense technology kicked off yesterday in northern Taoyuan County, featuring cutting-edge weapon systems developed by Taiwan military's chief research unit.

The exhibition dedicated to military and civilian defense equipment and products organized by the military-run Chungshan Institute of Science and Technology (CSIST, 中山科學研究院) features many made-in-Taiwan weapon systems, most notably the Tien Kung-III (Sky Bow) air defense missile system (天弓三型飛彈) and the Hsiung Feng-III (Brave Wind) anti-ship missile system (雄風三型飛彈).

The Tien Kung III is the third-generation version of the Tien Kung family of surface-to-air missile systems developed by the CSIST, with the capability of countering medium-range ballistic missiles.

Meanwhile, the HF-3 was locally developed by the CSIST and first made public during a drill in 2007.

The HF-3 is designed to penetrate an enemy vessel's hull before exploding inside the ship to cause greater damage. It reportedly reaches speeds between Mach 2.5 and Mach 3, and has a range of between 150 km and 200 km.

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 Liaoning (遼寧號).

Earlier this month, China's Liaoning (遼寧號) aircraft carrier battle group passed through the Taiwan Strait and headed for the South China Sea to participate in training exercises in the disputed waters for the first time.

The CSIST's unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are also on display during the exhibition.

CSIST personnel told local media that the institute is currently designing the latest generation of stealth combat UAV drones that will be hard to be detected by enemy forces and will be capable for equipped with weapon system.

In addition, the public is allowed access to the T91 assault rifle shooting simulator on the exhibition site.

The exhibition held at the Taoyuan County Stadium is scheduled to end today.

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A prototype unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is displayed in a gymnasium in Taoyuan, yesterday. The UAV is equipped with weapons hardpoints for a variety of ordinances, and features stealth capabilities to elude radar detection, according to its developers at the Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology, Ministry of Defense. (CNA)

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