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Hsiung Feng-2E missile not to be displayed on National Day

ROC Central News Agency

2007-10-08 13:11:19

    Taipei, Oct. 8 (CNA) Defense Minister Lee Tien-yu said Monday that the Hsiung Feng-2E cruise missile -- the latest version of Taiwan's domestically-developed missiles -- will not be showcased during the military display scheduled for the Double Ten National Day Wednesday.

    Fielding questions at the Legislative Yuan, Lee said that the land-attack cruise missile will not be displayed at the event because it is still in the development stage.

    However, Lee said that other domestically-developed advanced missiles, including the supersonic anti-ship Hsiung Feng-3 missile and the anti-tactical ballistic missile Tien Kung-3, as well as several unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) will be displayed.

    Lee made the remarks in response to a question raised by opposition Kuomintang Legislator Lin Yu-fang about whether Washington had suggested that Taiwan not showcase the Hsiung Feng-2E for fear that doing so could be provocative to China.

    The defense minister said that the United States has respected Taiwan's decision to develop defensive weapon systems, adding that "we will handle the matter with great vigilance."

    According to the Ministry of National Defense (MND), a variety of advanced military hardware will be showcased at this year's National Day military display, the first to be held since 1991.

    MND officials said that the flyby to be staged by the Air Force during the National Day event will showcase many aircraft purchased in the years after the last gathering, including the AH-1W attack helicopter, the OH-58D combat search helicopter, the S-70C chopper, and several fixed-wing aircraft, such as the F-16 and Mirage 2000 jetfighters.

    Other advanced military hardware to be showcased at the event include two eight-wheel-drive CM-32 Clouded Leopard vehicles, an Avenger air defense missile system armed with Stinger missiles and a 50-caliber machine gun, as well as armored Humvees equipped with TOW armor-piercing missiles, the officials said.

    An Assault Amphibian Vehicle AAVP7, purchased from the United States in 2001, will also featured, they added.

    Mobile Army and Marine radar, fire fighting vehicles of the chemical corps, and a pontoon bridge of the engineering corps will also be included in the display.

    Members of several military units, including the Marine Corps Amphibious Reconnaissance and Patrol Unit and the Army Special Forces, as well as a skydiving team will perform as part of the display, the officials said.

(By Deborah Kuo)

ENDITEM/Li



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