Defense ministry mulling air defense missile command change

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/01/02
By: Elaine Hou and Claudia Liu

Taipei, Jan. 2 (CNA) The Ministry of National Defense confirmed Monday that it may reorganize the air

Patriot PAC-3 missile system at a military parade in Taiwan. (CNA file photo)

defense missile command, which is currently under the ministry’s jurisdiction, but said it would not be related to a stalled program to cut the size of the military.

The ministry was responding to a report in the Chinese-language United Evening News on Monday saying that the Air Defense Missile Command will be put under the Air Force Command in March, the first reorganization of the military since President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) took office in May 2016.

The air defense missile command was formed in 2012 under a directive issued by then Defense Minister Kao Hua-chu (高華柱), according to the report.

Missiles under the command’s authority include the locally developed Tien Kung-series missiles and Hsiung Feng IIE (HF-2E) cruise missiles, as well as the Hawk and Patriot PAC-3 missiles purchased from the United States, the report said.    [FULL  STORY]

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