Taiwan has taken delivery of Harpoon anti-ship missiles to be used on its Submarines as part of $6.5 billion arms deal it signed in 2008 with the US.
The first batch of such missiles for the navy's two Dutch-built submarines has been shipped to Taiwan, the state Central News Agency said.
"The missiles will be able to extend the range of the two submarines' striking capabilities, enabling them to launch a pre-emptive attack when necessary," deputy defence minister Andrew Hsia was quoted as saying.
The missile has a range of 150 nautical miles (278 km), nearly ten times the range of torpedoes which are currently the subs' major weaponry.
The US deal includes advanced interceptor Patriot missiles and Apache attack helicopters.
Taiwan launched its first domestically produced warship on December 23, as it strives to upgrade its naval capabilities in response to a perceived threat from China. The 500-tonne corvette named 'Tuo Chiang' - 'Tuo River' - is the first of its kind ever produced by Taiwan and was described by defense minister Yen Ming as "the fastest and most powerful" in Asia
The Taiwanese air force has grounded all AT-3 aircraft and suspended their flight missions for the foreseeable future after a AT-3 training aircraft crashed Tuesay, Taipei Times reported. Some officials called for cutting the number of aerial acrobatic shows, saying the AT-3 squadron and its aircraft may have been burdened by having to perform at too many events
Taiwan plans to finish a design blueprint for its indigenous submarines to replace its aging fleet soon, China Post reported today. “We plan to complete the design by the end of this year,” an unnamed official with the Navy's Division of Planning was quoted as saying during the 2014 Sea Lines of Communication Conference at the Grand Hotel in Taipei
The Taiwanese navy said that the delivery of two Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided missile frigates from the United States is likely to be delayed. According to local media reports, the delivery has been postponed until 2016 Tuesday
The Pentagon notified the US Congress to sell anti-ship Harpoon missiles to India at an estimated cost of $200 million. The Harpoon missile system will be employed on the Indian Navys Shishumar class submarine and will provide enhanced capabilities in defence of critical sea lines of communication
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