Missiles a priority, Tsai tells ministry

EVOLVING THREAT: A defense ministry official said the ministry has pushed up production of Tien Kung III missile systems to finish two years ahead of schedule

Taipei Times
Date: Jan 30, 2019
By: Jonathan Chin  /  Staff writer, with CNA

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) has ordered the Ministry of National Defense to prioritize

President Tsai Ing-wen, front, right, inspects live-fire sharpshooting practice at Taichung’s Chenggong Ling military base yesterday.  Photo: CNA

deploying air defense missile systems to counter the changing nature of the military threat against Taiwan.

Tsai yesterday spoke to military recruits after her tour of Taichung’s Chenggong Ling (成功嶺) military training camp, where she inspected live-fire sharpshooter practice and had lunch at the canteen.

Tsai said she recently toured an installation of Tien Kung III air defense weapons systems in Hualien, visited the 53rd Engineer Group in Taoyuan, and instructed the Chungshan Institute of Science and Technology to accelerate missile production.

She has a personal interest in seeing the policies through, thus fulfilling her promise to develop a self-sufficient defense industry, Tsai said.    [FULL  STORY]

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