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Taiwan needs new medium-range missile: analyst

ROC Central News Agency

04/26/2020 08:58 PM

Taipei, April 26 (CNA) The development of the "Yun Feng" (Cloud Peak) medium-range surface-to-surface missile is strategically important to Taiwan as a deterrent, a defense analyst told CNA amid reports that the weapon system had been tested recently.

"The aim of developing the missile is not to neutralize the enemy but to reduce its ability to attack," said Su Tzu-yun (蘇紫雲), a senior researcher at the Institute for National Defense and Security Research.

The Yun Feng, said to have a range of 1,500-2,000 kilometers, is capable of hitting strategic targets such as airports, harbors and command centers in inland China, Su said, adding that the missile forms an important part of Taiwan's asymmetric warfare.

China's air force is considered the biggest threat to Taiwan. If China's air bases can be destroyed, then Taiwan will have a better chance of defending itself, Su said.

Su made the comments after local media speculated that the Yun Feng missile was tested earlier this month.

According to a UDN report on Sunday, the missile could be among several weapons being tested by the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST), Taiwan's state-owned weapon system development institution, on April 14-15 at the Jiupeng base in southern Taiwan.

The report made the speculation judging from a NCSIST notice of live-fire tests that described the alert level as "unlimited."

There was no comment from the NCSIST.

The government has yet to confirm the existence of any such missile, but according to local and foreign media reports, it has been under secret development since the 1990s and is designed to strike land-based targets inside mainland China.

(By Matt Yu and Emerson Lim)

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