Quick Facts

Variants N/A
Role and Mobility Short-Range Naval Air Defense System; Ship-Based
Interceptors and Range

Tien Chien-1 Missile:

High Explosive-Blast Fragmentation Warhead

Maximum Effective Range: 9 km

Maximum Altitude Range: 3 km

Sensors

Forward Looking Infrared Sensor

Infrared Imaging Seeker

Targets Anti-Ship Missiles, Helicopters, and Low Flying Fixed-Wing Aircraft
Status/Exports In Development; None
Designer/Producer National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST)

Overview

The Sea Oryx is an indigenous short-range air defense system intended for the Taiwanese Navy. It is planned to be installed on Taiwan’s Navy Catamaran Corvette “Tuo River.”[i]The system has a pivotal multi-axis launcher capable of firing 8 or 16 ready-to-fire missiles.[ii]The launcher also has a forward looking infrared sensor on its side.[iii]

The interceptor for the Sea Oryx is an upgraded variant of the short-range Tien Chien-1 missile. The missile is equipped with an imaging infrared seeker, inertial navigation system, data-link system and an enhanced rocket motor.[iv]

Strategic Implications

Strategically, the Sea Oryx provides Taiwan with an indigenous air defense capability for its naval vessels. The system has a high ready-to-fire arsenal which increases its ability to intercept a large number of threats. It also has a reduced engagement reaction time when it operates in the lock-on-after-launch mode.[v]

Timeline

August 13, 2015: CSIST unveiled the Sea Oryx for the first time at the Taipei Aerospace & Defense Technology Exhibition in Taipei, Taiwan.[vi]

Recent News

    References

    [i]http://www.navyrecognition.com/index.php/news/defence-news/year-2015-news/august-2015-navy-naval-forces-defense-industry-technology-maritime-security-global-news/2994-taiwans-csist-unveiled-the-sea-oryx-naval-air-defense-system-similar-to-ram-at-tadte-2015.html

    [ii]https://www.defensenews.com/pentagon/2015/08/12/taiwan-defense-show-exhibits-new-weapons/

    [iii]http://www.navyrecognition.com/index.php/news/defence-news/year-2015-news/august-2015-navy-naval-forces-defense-industry-technology-maritime-security-global-news/2994-taiwans-csist-unveiled-the-sea-oryx-naval-air-defense-system-similar-to-ram-at-tadte-2015.html

    [iv]https://www.defensenews.com/pentagon/2015/08/12/taiwan-defense-show-exhibits-new-weapons/

    [v]Ibid.

    [vi]Ibid.

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