Strange Taiwanese ship could be prototype for new phased array radar system to detect Chinese missiles
By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
Recently, several photos have circulated online that show the amphibious landing ship Kao Hsiung (LCC-1) with a large, octagonal radar tower protruding from its deck as well as a vertical launch system.
According to a UDN report, the Kao Hsiung, which is a part of Taiwan's 151st Fleet, was decommissioned from its role as an amphibious tank landing ship and handed over to the National Chung Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST) to carry out various system tests.
Some netizens have recently posted photos and discussed the changes made to the vessel on the popular online forum Mobile01. F. S. Mei (梅復興), director of the U.S.-based Taiwan Security Analysis Center, wrote on his Facebook page on Tuesday (Nov. 19) that the photos indicate the vessel has been outfitted with phased array radar. [FULL STORY]