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Taiwanese corvette Ta Chiang fires Sea Sword II missile

Naval News December 2021 Navy Forces Maritime Defense Industry

Posted On Tuesday, 07 December 2021 11:02

According to information published by Taiwan News on December 2, 2021, the Republic of China (Taiwan) Navy Tuo Chiang-class corvette Ta Chiang successfully fired Sea Sword II (Sky Sword II) missiles.

Tuo Chiang-class corvette Ta Chiang (Picture source: CNA)

The ship is a wave-piercing catamaran design that is 60.4 meters (198 ft) long, 14 meters (46 ft) wide and carries a crew of 41. It is capable of a top speed of 40 knots and a range of 2,000 nautical miles (3,700 km; 2,300 mi).

It is armed with eight subsonic Hsiung Feng II and eight supersonic Hsiung Feng III anti-ship missiles launchers, a Phalanx Close-In Weapons System, and a 76 mm (3 in) main gun.

The ship can operate up to sea state 7 in waves up to 20–30 ft (6.1–9.1 m) high.

The Sky Sword II, or TC-2, is a medium-range, radar guided air-to-air missile. It has an inertial navigation system, a data-link for mid-course guidance and active radar homing for terminal guidance, beyond visual range. It also has ECCM capability and can engage multiple targets.

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