August 15, 2005


Taiwan Begins Deployment Of Cruise Missiles: Report (AFP, Aug 12, 2005)

Taiwan has begun deploying home-made cruise missiles on mobile launchers that are capable of hitting major military targets in southeast China, a newspaper here reported Friday.

The China Times said the Hsiung Feng missiles, which have a range of 1,000 kilometers (600 miles), were deployed across the island by the defense ministry's new missile command. [...]

In a bid to beef up Taiwan's defense capabilities, the cabinet has approved a revised arms deal worth some 15.5 billion dollars to buy weapons from the United States, its largest arms supplier.

The arms package over a 15-year period from 2005, pending approval by parliament, includes eight conventional submarines, a modified version of the Patriot anti-missile system and a fleet of anti-submarine aircraft.

Even when folks were terrified of the Soviet Union they wouldn't fly Aeroflot.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 15, 2005 7:46 AM
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