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MISSILE COMMAND INAUGURATED

2004-04-01 23:08:08

    Taipei, April 1 (CNA) A new missile command was inaugurated Thursday under the Ministry of National Defense (MND), according to a statement released that day by the MND.

    The command, founded on the basis of the Air Defense Missile Command under the Army, is to be led by an officer with the rank of lieutenant general, although it is currently headed by Maj. Gen. Ku Feng-tai, the incumbent commander of the Air Defense Missile Command.

    The upgrading of the missile command is a step toward strengthening the country's air-defense system, which consists mainly of U.S.-made Patriot missiles.

    Taiwan has deployed three batteries of Patriot advanced capability-II missiles around Taipei and is seeking another six batteries for the defense of central and southern Taiwan.

    Besides the missile-defense system, the command will also control the domestically manufactured Tien Kung (sky bow) anti-aircraft missiles and the Hsiung Feng surface-to-ship missiles deployed around the island's coastline, as well as other types of missiles.

(By Maubo Chang)

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