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Harpoon to bolster Taiwanese coastal defence

21st May 2020 - 23:00 GMT | by Charles Au in Taipei


The Republic of China Navy (ROCN) is planning to order RGM-84 Harpoon Block II surface-to-surface missiles for coastal defence batteries in FY2021.

The purchase, costing about $993 million, includes several truck-mounted mobile launching system plus vehicles with radar, communications and logistics support.

This land-based missile system will eventually reach more than ten units in the future.

Besides conventional anti-ship missions, Harpoon Block II missiles with Coastal Target Suppression (CTS) mode, similar to the ground-launched cruise missile, are capable of locking on to coastal targets as well.

Harpoon Block IIs provide long-range guidance for coastal and ship targets by incorporating a

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Charles Au


Charles Au

Charles was born in Malaysia, but educated in Taiwan. He is currently based in the …

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