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Taiwan gets US submarine-launched missiles: report

Published on Jan 8, 2014 3:34 PM
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TAIPEI (AFP) - Taiwan has received the first shipment of anti-ship missiles which it ordered from the United States for its submarines, strengthening their attack capability, a senior official was on Wednesday quoted as saying.

Taiwan ordered the Harpoon missiles in 2008 as part of a US$6.5 billion (S$8.3 billion) arms purchase which sparked strong protests from Beijing.

The island already has Harpoons installed on its frigates and F-16 fighter jets.

The first batch of such missiles for the navy's two Dutch-built submarines has been shipped to Taiwan, the state Central News Agency said, citing a recent report to a closed session of parliament by deputy defence minister Andrew Hsia.

 
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