Deploying surface-to-air missiles top defense priority: Tsai

January 29, 2019

Focus Taiwan:

Taipei, Jan. 29 (CNA) Deploying surface-to-air missiles will be the top priority for Taiwan’s military in beefing up its defense capabilities in response to China’s growing threat, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Tuesday.

During a visit to Chengkungling military base (成功嶺) in Taichung, Tsai said she has asked the Ministry of National Defense (MND) to make it a priority to deploy more surface-to-air missiles to strengthen Taiwan’s defense and counter the threat from China.

One of the surface-to-air missiles Tsai was referring to was the domestically-made Tien Kung III anti-tactical ballistic missile (天弓三型飛彈), which the president said she recently saw deployed in Hualien County.

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