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#THREAD: #Taiwan Wants Land-Based Harpoon Anti-Ship Missiles To Counter Growing #Chinese Naval Power

The announcement comes as both of #China's aircraft carriers may be preparing to work together in a first-of-its-kind exercise.…
Taiwanese authorities say that they are looking to buy ground-launched Harpoon anti-ship missiles & mobile launchers to augment the island's coastal defenses.

Defense Minister Chang Che Ping informed lawmakers about the plans during a committee meeting on May 28, 2020.
Chang did not say what type of Harpoons the Taiwanese military was looking to buy for the coastal defense role. Previous reports had indicated that the missiles would likely be Block II variants.

Taiwan's Air Force already has air-launched Block II AGM-84L Harpoons
Taiwan's Navy has submarine-launched UGM-84Ls.

The Air Force also has older air-launched AGM-84 variants.

The Kee Lung class destroyers & Chi Yang class frigates, ex-U.S. Navy Kidd & Knox class ships, respectively, both have the ability to fire older RGM-84 variants.
It's not clear what vehicle the Taiwan expects to use as the mobile launch platform.

Chang did say why they want to acquire the ground-launched Harpoons, despite having land-based versions of domestic Hsiung Feng II & III anti-ship missiles. The Harpoons offer greater mobility.
The coastal defense versions of the Hsiung Feng II and III employ a tractor-trailer-mounted launcher. The tractor is derived from a commercial truck design and the entire system would certainly have quite limited off-road mobility.
Being able to rapidly relocate the launchers, even to more austere areas, would make it easier to reposition them in response to new developments, which makes sense considering China's ability to attack the island from all directions & to help shield them from counterattacks.
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