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Tien Chi Sky Spear

Taiwan's Tien Chi (Sky Spear) surface-to-surface ballistic missile (SSBM) is a short-range missile capable of striking targets on mainland China. Derived from the Tien Kung 2 (Sky Bow 2) surface-to-air missile), the Tien Chi has a two-stage booster that extends over the single-stage Tien Kung 2. Developed by the Chung Shan Institute of Science and Technology, the Tien Chi has a payload of less than 100kg. As of early 2001, up to 50 Tien Chi missiles were deployed at two sites: Tungyin Island, and an unidentified second location. The Tungyin Island missiles are said to be housed in silos and protected by batteries of Tien Kung 2 SAMs.

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