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Air Force reports another missile glitch

ROC Central News Agency

2017/06/23 17:06:38

Taipei, June 23 (CNA) The Air Force confirmed another missile glitch during a military drill in Pingtung County on Friday, one day after two MIM-23 Hawk missiles veered off course after launch, as part of the same annual military exercise to test precision weapons at a military base in the southern county.

The days-long exercise was concluded at 11:20 a.m. Friday at the Jioupeng Military Base, the Air Force said in a statement. "The Air Force will conduct a thorough review, as soon as possible, on all problems identified during the drill," it said.

The Air Force statement came in response to a report by the Chinese-language Apply Daily earlier in the day that an IDF fighter jet launched a Tien Chien (Sky Sword) II missile, but the missile failed to ignite and fell directly into sea. The reason behind the incident is under investigation, the report said.

The missile fell off the coast of southeastern Taiwan, according to a military source.

Friday's incident came after two MIM-23 Hawk missiles veered off course in southern Taiwan a day earlier, though there were no reported casualties.

The two missiles were fired as part of an annual precision weapons firing drill conducted jointly by the Army, Navy and Air Force.

Due to fuel combustion problems, the missiles veered off course shortly after being launched and exploded within the restricted area, the Air Force has said.

After the incidents, the Air Force pledged on Friday to undertake a comprehensive review of procedures and make improvements.

(By Elaine Hou and Claudia Liu)

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