MND gives no comment on missile development


TAIPEI–Taiwan’s defense ministry declined to comment yesterday on a foreign report that it is planning to develop a new type of anti-ship missile.

The Ministry of National Defense “would not comment” on such an issue, spokesman Maj. Gen. Luo Shou-he said.

Luo was asked to respond to a Defense News report that “Taiwan is planning to build an extended-range anti-ship missile.”

The weekly U.S. newspaper described the weapon as a possible variant of the locally developed Hsiung Feng (Brave Wind) III anti-ship missile. The new missile will be deployed on the eastern side of Taiwan and aimed toward the Taiwan Strait and China’s coast, the report said, citing a Taiwan defense industry source.

The report also quoted a defense ministry contact as saying that there were “plans to deploy the Hsiung Feng 3 on both coasts,” but an extended-range variant was “not in the works.”