Taiwan Reveals Land-Based Variant Of Naval Point Defense Missile System To Guard Key Sites

August 15, 2019

The Drive:

Taiwan has expanded the development of its still-in-development Sea Oryx naval point defense system to include and land-based variant. This could help provide an important additional layer of defenses around various critical military installations against cruise missiles, anti-radiation missiles, and small drones, as well as potentially larger threats, such as helicopters and low-flying manned aircraft.

Taiwan’s National Chungshan Institute of Science and Technology, or NCSIST, showed a video presentation on Sea Oryx at biennial Taipei Aerospace & Defense Technology Exhibition that included a depiction of a truck-mounted version of the system for what appears to be the first time. The video also shows the point defense system fitted on a future guided-missile destroyer, which NCIST is also developing, as well as one of the country’s upcoming stealthy catamaran missile corvettes, a program The War Zone has been closely following.

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