Taiwan fired a supersonic cruise missile as a warning to China
TAIPEI, ($1=27.79 Taiwanese New Dollars) – The ability to attack Chinese airbases and disrupt planned flights in a potential conflict with China should increase Taiwan’s ability to defend itself by creating a system with a Yun Feng missile [Cloud Peak].
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On November 18, 2021, Taiwan launched an upgraded Yun Feng / Cloud Peak supersonic cruise missile with a range of up to 1,500 km, learned BulgarianMilitary.com. The cruise missile was developed by the Chun Shan National Institute of Science and Technology [NCSIST]. NCSIST is also working on further upgrades to Cloud Peak missiles to increase the effective range to about 2,000 km.
The Yun Feng medium-range missile [Cloud Peak] has been in development since the 1990s. Reports of the development of the Yun Feng missile as an offensive weapon system first appeared in 2012. It was also reported that the project was developed with the help of an “unknown European country“. Several tests of this missile were conducted, the previous ones took place in April 2020.
The missile system is designed to enable the Taiwanese army to hit Beijing or the PLA’s military targets in southern China. Yun Feng has various types of combat units and should be used to destroy strategic targets such as airports, harbors, and command centers in inland China, and is a key part of Taiwan’s asymmetric military plan to undermine China’s combat capabilities.
Earlier, the Taiwanese Defense Ministry concluded that drills and simulators of combat operations would be the first targets for Chinese bombing campaigns in Taiwan.
Cloud Peak mobile missile systems will be deployed in the mountains of central Taiwan to destroy military targets, including airports and missile bases along China’s southeast coast in the event of an attack.
In 2020, there were reports that Taiwan’s industry was producing 20 Cloud Peak missiles and 10 mobile launch platform systems.
Mobile launch platforms are installed on 10-wheeled trucks, specially designed for heavy military cargo. It is estimated that more than 200 such “missile” trucks are currently in operation in Taiwan.
In its latest defense report, released on November 9, the Taiwanese Ministry of National Defense listed six major military capabilities of the People’s Liberation Army of China that pose a critical security threat.
The document states that all PLA ballistic missiles, cruise missiles have a range that reaches or completely covers the territory of Taiwan.
These missiles, along with other weapons of the Navy and Air Force, will be aimed at the political, economic, and military “high-value targets” of Taiwan.
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