Military still searching for fatally misfired missile

The China Post
Date: May 10, 2017
By: By Joseph Yeh

Almost a year after a missile misfire incident that killed a Taiwanese fisherman last July, the R.O.C. military said Tuesday that it is still looking for the whereabouts of the Hsiung Feng III anti-ship missile that caused the deadly incident.

The incident occurred on July 1, 2016 when a 500-ton Chin Chiang patrol vessel (金江艦) located at Zuoying Military Harbor in Kaohsiung accidentally fired a locally produced Hsiung Feng III anti-ship missile, which hit a fishing vessel and killed the ship’s skipper.

Following the disaster, the Navy blamed Petty Officer 2nd Class Kao Chia-chun (高嘉駿), who allegedly failed to follow standard operating procedures. Superior officers were not present when the missile was fired — it was set to the wrong launch mode.

Billed as “an aircraft carrier killer,” the Hsiung Feng III supersonic missile has a range of over 100 kilometers. Developed locally, the missile is designed to maximize damage by penetrating an enemy vessel’s hull before exploding inside.

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