27 May 2021
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Sea Sword II air defense missile system has successfully passed live fire tests, completed operational assessments and is ready for deployment to Taiwanese Navy ships by August.
The new system is the naval variant of the Sky Sword II and will be installed on the Navy’s newest ship, the Your Tchang, which is a Tuo Chiang class frigate. The ship is expected to be handed over to the Navy in July.
Sailors assigned to the Ta Chiang participated in the Sea Sword II trials on the Navy’s Cheng Kung-class frigates this month. The missile system performed well and met all naval combat requirements, Liberty Times cited as military sources say.
The Ta Chiang is designed to carry up to eight Hsiung Feng II subsonic anti-ship missiles and eight Hsiung Feng III supersonic anti-ship missiles. However, its air defense firepower was insufficient, prompting the Navy to change the payloads of subsequent Tuo Chiang-class ships to four Hsiung Feng III missiles and 12 Sea Sword II missiles.
The Sea Sword II is an active radar-guided medium-range air defense missile developed by the National Chung Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST). The new system’s multi-target capability allows it to simultaneously engage anti-ship missiles and aircraft, according to NCSIST.
The Ta Chiang (塔 江) is derivative of the Tawa River (塔瓦 溪) in Taitung County. The river basin is home to the indigenous Paiwan people, who have hunted in the area since ancient times and are known for their fearlessness and bravery in war, according to the Navy Command.