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Military denies Tien Kung missiles to be deployed on destroyers
Central News Agency
2014-09-01 11:25 PM
Taipei, Sept. 1 (CNA) Taiwan's military on Monday denied a local media report earlier in the day that the locally developed Tien Kung III (Sky Bow III) surface-to-air missile system will be deployed on the country's Kidd-class destroyers. The report is not true, said the Chungshan Institute of Science and Technology, under the Ministry of National Defense, which developed the missile system. The Chinese-language Liberty Times reported Monday that the military is planning to improve the missile system on the Kidd-class destroyers, which are currently equipped with the U.S.-made surface-to-air Standard Missile-2. The newspaper said that the military is planning to deploy the Tien Kung III system on the destroyers to bolster the vessels' combat capabilities. In its denial of the report, the Chungshan Institute of Science and Technology said it has been following the ministry's policy on weapons research and development. Meanwhile, a source familiar with the matter said the Navy has not discussed the issue with the institute and has no plans to deploy the Tien Kung III system on the 10,500-ton Kidd-class destroyers. (By Kelven Huang and Elaine Hou)
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