Taiwan buys over-the-horizon subsonic AGM-84 AShMs and radars

WASHINGTON — According to information released by the US Department of Defense, Boeing will supply Taiwan with the Harpoon coastal defense system worth $ 500 million, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing DefenceTurk.net.

Taiwan buys over-the-horizon subsonic AGM-84 AShMs and radars
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The contract covers the production and supply, in particular, of 100 launch vehicles, 25 radar units, and HCDS training equipment from the Harpoon Coastal Defense Launch System [HCDS] in support of the Taiwanese Government.

The $ 245 million foreign military sales fund will be valid during the contract period and will not expire at the end of the fiscal year. The agreement will continue under the responsibility of the US Naval Air Command.

AGM-84 Harpoon AShM

Harpoon is an anti-ship missile for all weather conditions, located on the horizon, developed and manufactured by McDonnell Douglas [Boeing Defense, Space & Security]. The Harpoon anti-ship missile has variants of the AGM-84E SLAM and the later developed cruise missile AGM-84H / K SLAM-ER.

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The Harpoon missile uses GPS-assisted inertial navigation to hit land and sea targets. The 227-kilogram warhead targets a wide variety of ground targets such as coastal defense zones, surface-to-air missiles, open aircraft, port / industrial facilities, and various ports, including ships in ports. It can provide deadly firepower against targets.

The Harpoon missile can be launched from aircraft (AGM-84), ships [RGM-84], submarines [UGM-84]), or mobile coastal defense vehicles.

The Harpoon AShM is fitted with a solid-fuel rocket booster and encapsulated in a container to allow submerged launch through a torpedo tube.

This missile is just over 4.6 meters long. It has a different operating range depending on the booster. The rocket speed is high subsonic and reaches 460 knots. It weighs 628 kilograms and is in service in dozens of countries around the world.


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