Taiwan to give US missile defense a go

taiwanmap.jpgTaiwan has been living between a rock and hard place for quite some time. Ever fearful of an attack from China, they're going to receive early warning radars from the United States. China's military build-up continues, and they reportedly tested a cruise missile with a 1000km range.

In a move bound to anger Beijing, which views Taiwan as a renegade province, the system will let Taiwans 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, MA.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.
The article notes that the radar system could eventually be linked to Patriot missile defense batteries, a system with great capability and a slightly checkered past.Maybe they'd be interested in some R2-D2 units?--posted by Murdoc
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