27 Jul 2021
The Taiwanese military will soon be testing the Patriot Advanced Capability (PAC) -3 systems in the United States, Time of freedom reported, citing sources.
The live-fire verification exercise will take place at the U.S. Army’s White Sands missile range in New Mexico, the Taipei-based outlet added. Testing may be performed in the United States for security reasons only.
The exercise aims to strengthen the Taiwanese military’s air combat capabilities against the Chinese missile threat, unmanned military officials said.
The exercise takes place every two years on American soil and consists of firing two Patriot missiles aimed at a drone simulating a Chinese medium-range missile, Taiwan News revealed. If the missiles miss the target, another projectile is immediately launched, the exit added.
Taiwan will send a task force for an on-site inspection as well as a team of 40 team leaders from the missile unit.
The island territory spent 179.14 billion New Taiwan dollars ($ 6.38 billion) to acquire six PAC-3 systems between 2007 and 2021. The amount also includes the upgrade of three PAC-2 systems to the latest one. variant.
Surface-to-air missile system intercepts incoming threats “including tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and aircraft,” its maker Lockheed Martin declared.
The system consists of the missile, four-pack missile cartridges, a launch solution computer, and an enhanced launcher electronics.