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Upgraded PAC-2 missiles delivered to Taiwan: defense minister

ROC Central News Agency

2012/04/05 22:22:46

Taipei, April 5 (CNA) Defense Minister Kao Hua-chu said Thursday the upgrade of three Patriot PAC-2 missile defense systems that were shipped to the United States has been completed and the missiles have been sent back to Taiwan.

Four of the six PAC-3 systems that Taiwan wants to purchase from the U.S. will be delivered in two years time and talks are in progress for the purchase of the other two, Kao said in response to questions on the issue by Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Chen Ting-fei at the Legislature.

In response to a question by DPP Legislator Huang Wei-cher, Kao said the Ministry of National Defense would not rule out the possibility of working with countries such as the U.S. and Japan to track a rocket that North Korea is reportedly preparing to launch.

It is believed that North Korea is set to carry out a long-range missile test in mid-April under the guise of a rocket launch.

(By Roger Chen and Jamie Wang)

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