The Sea Sword II air defense missile system has successfully passed fire tests, completed operational assessments and is ready to be deployed on ships of the Taiwanese Navy this August.
The new system is the naval variant of the Sky Sword II and will be fitted on the Navy’s newest ship, the Ta Chiang (twin of those seen in the video), a Tuo Chiang-class frigate that will be delivered to the Navy Armada in July. The ship costs approximately NT $ 2.1 billion (US $ 66.2 million), is 198 feet long and 46 feet wide, has a range of 2,000 nautical miles (2,300 miles), and has a crew of 41.
Sailors assigned to Ta Chiang participated in Sea Sword II tests recently conducted on the Navy’s Cheng Kung class frigates. The missile system worked well and met all the requirements for naval combat.
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, the air defense’s firepower was deemed insufficient, prompting the Navy to change the payload 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 Chung Shan National Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST). According to NCSIST, the multi-target capability of the new system allows it to interact with anti-ship missiles and aircraft at the same time. (Video: WorldDefenceVideos)
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