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Sky Bow III missiles completed ahead of schedule: Taiwan's defense ministry

Production finished on all 23 Sky Bow III missiles scheduled for this year

A Sky Bow III missile live-fire test (Ministry of National Defense photo) 

A Sky Bow III missile live-fire test (Ministry of National Defense photo) 

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Ministry of National Defense (MND) confirmed Wednesday (March 30) that production of the military's land-based Sky Bow III air defense missiles has been completed ahead of schedule.

The NT$74.83 billion (US$2.62 billion) production plan, carried out by the National Chung Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST), was implemented in 2015 and is expected to last until 2024. The 23 missiles that were scheduled for this year have also been completed ahead of schedule, CNA reported.

When President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) visited the NCSIST in January 2019, she asked the institute to lay the foundation for the nation’s defense industry for the next 50 years and requested that NCSIST speed up production of the Sky Bow III and Hsiung Feng III missiles.

Su Tzu-yun (蘇紫雲), a senior analyst at the Institute for National Defense and Security Research, pointed out that the maximum altitude of the Sky Bow III is higher than that of the U.S. Patriot missile. But although the Patriot cannot reach higher targets, it has hit-to-kill capabilities, so the two systems can complement each other, he stated.

Updated : 2022-01-20 16:14 GMT+08:00