Taiwanese Missile Radar Expected to Become Operational in Five Years

An early warning radar system that Taiwan plans to purchase from the United States to help defend against Chinese ballistic missiles is expected to become operational in five years, Taiwanese defense sources said yesterday (see GSN, April 6).

The Taiwanese air force is considering purchasing one of two types of radar systems from the United States — the PAVEPAW system or a modified version of the SPY-1 radar currently under development, according to the Taipei Times. While the PAVEPAW system has a longer range, the modified SPY-1 system has better accuracy, according to a defense official.

The Taiwanese air force had originally planned to purchase two early warning radar systems, but it will now buy only one because of budget concerns, the Times reported (Brian Hsu, Taipei Times, April 16).

 

April 16, 2004
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An early warning radar system that Taiwan plans to purchase from the United States to help defend against Chinese ballistic missiles is expected to become operational in five years, Taiwanese defense sources said yesterday (see GSN, April 6).