posted on Jul, 6 2005 @ 02:16 PM
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Defense Department said on Thursday it would supply Taiwan with key elements of a missile and air defense capability,
a move aimed at defusing the threat from China.
In a move bound to anger Beijing, which views Taiwan as a renegade province, the system will let Taiwan's air force detect and track long- and
short-range ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, enemy aircraft and surface ships with "no doubt" reliability, said Raytheon, based in Waltham,
Massachusetts. The system includes an ultra-high frequency "phased array" radar to be integrated with Taiwan-supplied beacons that identify aircraft
as friends or foes as well as two missile warning centers, a Defense Department contract announcement said. Such a system represents an important step
toward identifying any inbound threats, said James Mulvenon of the Center for Research and Analysis, a Washington-based group that consults for U.S.
Eventually, it could be mated with Patriot Advanced Capability 3, or PAC-3, anti-missile batteries the United States has also offered to sell Taiwan.
"The surveillance radar is the first step in the chain of engagement," said Martin.
Mulvenon said Beijing would be particularly upset because missiles were at the forefront of its strategy for coercing Taiwan, a democratically
governed island China has vowed to return to its fold by force if necessary.
"This raises the possibility that Taiwan will actually be able to defend itself against those missiles," Mulvenon said.
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A bit of a breather for Taiwan ??
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