CONFIRMATION:The Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missiles deployed in Hualien and Taitung are capable of hitting a DF-16 missile 40km in the air, the defense ministry said
Date: Mar 21, 2017
By: Stacy Hsu / Staff reporter
The Ministry of National Defense yesterday confirmed for the first time that China has
Dong Feng-16 (DF-16) missiles aimed at Taiwan in a bid to increase military pressure on the nation.
In a report delivered to the legislature’s Foreign and National Defense Committee, the ministry said Beijing has stepped up military threats toward Taiwan, pushing for military reforms and advancing its joint forces operations.
“In recent years, China’s navy and air force have introduced new warships, domestically produced fighter jets — including the Chengdu J-10, Shenyang J-11 and Shenyang J-15 — and Russian-made Sukhoi Su-35 multipurpose fighter jets, and put its latest stealth fighter, the J-20, into service,” the ministry said.
The Chinese People’s Liberation Army Rocket Force has deployed DF-16 ballistic missiles, capable of conducting precise strikes on Taiwan proper, it added. [FULL STORY]