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Military to base Patriot missiles in Kaohsiung

Military to base Patriot missiles in Kaohsiung

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The location of a planned Patriot missile base in Kaohsiung was given away by a tender for public works of art, reports said Saturday.
Taiwan already has a Patriot PAC-3 antimissile air defense battery near its north coast, with one more planned for the south.
The one in southern Taiwan would be hosted by the Kaotan base on the border between the districts of Niaosong and Renwu in Kaohsiung City, the Chinese-language United Evening News reported Saturday.
A tender for public art at the base reportedly gave away the planned location of the missiles over a 9.8-hectare area, according to the newspaper.
The project would strengthen the security of the Kaohsiung urban area and of the navy base of Zuoying, military officials said. Locally made Tien Kung-2 and Tien Kung-3 air defense missiles, also known as Sky Bows, will be positioned in nearby Dagangshan.
The Ministry of National Defense will spend NT$7.88 million (US$255,000) on two works of art, with one each at the gate and inside the base. The details about the size of the area and its location were revealed in the tender as stipulated by procurement laws. The Kaotan base will also include 13 structures, two tall buildings and a separate restaurant, the United Evening News reported.
There was reportedly criticism of the need to spend funds on major statues or art works to put in an area which would be off-limits to the public at large, according to the newspaper.
The Ministry of National Defense was unwilling to comment on the tender project or on the new missile base.
The Patriot PAC-3 missiles were part of a US$6.4 billion (NT$197.4 billion) United States arms package.


Updated : 2021-09-22 22:43 GMT+08:00