A SAFE DISTANCE:The US rejected a previous request to test-fire the missiles at a Taiwanese military base, likely because of the greater threat of Chinese espionage
Date: Sep 04, 2015
By: Lo Tien-pin and Jason Pan / Staff reporters
The Ministry of National Defense is to go ahead with its plan to test-fire its Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missiles at a US base in New Mexico in July next year.
The plan calls for the ministry to send units from the Air Defense Missile Command to the US for operating, launching, flight surveillance, target interception and other tests of the PAC-3 system.
Under the current planning, about 40 military personnel from the Air Defense Missile Command will go to the US White Sands Missile Range in southern New Mexico for training and to carry out the tests, a high-level defense ministry official said. [FULL STORY]