Taiwan to Upgrade Missile Capabilities

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Taiwanese media reports that Taiwan is pursuing upgrades to its indigenous anti-ship, surface-to-air, and air-to-air missile capabilities. Taiwan’s National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology, or NCSIST has been working to improve the range, electronic counter-countermeasures, and guidance systems of the Hsiung- Feng (Brave Wind) series of anti-ship missiles, the Tien Kung (Sky Bow) surface-to-air missile, and the Tien Chien (Sky Sword) II air-to-air missile. NCSIST has already succeeded in increasing the range of the Hsiung- Feng II to 250 km, and the Hsiung-Feng III to 400 km. They are currently working to increase the range of the Tien Chien II to 90 km and make unspecified upgrades to the Tien Kung III medium-to long-range surface-to-air missile. Although Taiwan’s plans have been confirmed, no specific details regarding the timeline for these upgrades have been provided.