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Sky Bow II / Tien Kung II

Taiwan's overall air defense architecture consists of three sets of Patriot missile systems, primarily intended to intercept guided missiles, along with six sets of Tien Kung I and Tien Kung II missile systems responsible for medium- and high-altitude targets. The T'IEN-KUNG II SAM is 9.1 meters long, has a diameter of 0.57 meters, weighs 1,100 kilograms, and has a top speed of Mach 4.0, a maximum range of 100 kilometers, and a warhead weighing 90 kilograms. In the Fall of 1998 Taiwan successfully test fired a radar guided interceptor variant of it's Tien Kung missile. The anti-missile missile is reported to have intercepted a target missile in southern Pingtung. The interceptor is designed for use against the Chinese M type missile, they have also ordered 200 PAC2 an upgraded version of the Patriot missile system.

In mid-September 1998 Taiwan test fired a missile which successfully intercepted another one in a further step forward in the island's efforts to build its own anti-missile weaponry. An updated verion of the locally designed Tien Kung II was launched from a base in the southern county of Pingtung and hit another fired from Chengkung, southeastern Taiwan. Unconfirmed reports said the military-funded Chungshan Institute of Science and Technology tested an anti-tactical ballistic missile (ATBM) in July 1998 which destroyed its target at a speed of Mach Four.

It is said that Taiwan's future SSMs will be a modification of the T'IEN-KUNG II . If the T'IEN-KUNG II is used as the basis for the SSM modification, its estimated external measurements would not be very greatly changed, but the weight of the warhead could be increased to 150 kilograms and the maximum surface target range absolutely would exceed 300 kilometers and should be about 320 kilometers. Based on Taiwan's current level of technology and equipment, the accuracy of Taiwan's guided missile should be within about a 1,000 meter circumference of the aiming point.


Entered Service
Total length 9.1 meters
Diameter 0.57 meters
Weight 1,100 kilograms
Warhead Weight90 kilograms
Maximum SpeedMach 4.0
Maximum effective range 200km
Guidance mode
Single-shot hit probability

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