Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Taiwan’s Hai Chien II surface-to-air missile completes live fire trials


Mock-up scale of TC-2N Hai Chien II missile. Photo c/o James Tung.

The Republic of China Navy (ROCN) has confirmed that it has completed live fire trials and evaluation of the new TC-2N Hai Chien II (Sea Sword II) medium-range ship-launched surface-to-air missile.

The test was conducted aboard the Tuo Chiang-class corvette Ta Chiang (619), which is still undergoing final fit-out and testing before its expected commissioning with the ROCN on August 2021.

The new missile has been in development by the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology since the 1990s based on the TC-2 Tien Chien II (Sky Sword II) medium-range air-to-air missile, and was designed to provide air defense cover for naval forces.

The TC-2N has a range of around 30 kilometers using an active radar guidance system, and will be slotted it between the Phalanx 20mm close-in weapon system (CIWS) and the SM-2  Standard-ER extended range medium-range air defense system.

It has all-weather capability, and is also equipped with thrust vectoring boosters for improved manoeuvrability.

The missile can intercept fast moving aircraft, helicopters and drones, and sea-skimming anti-ship missiles.

The TC-2N missile will be equipping the new Tuo Chiang-class fast missile corvettes, and will eventually be used with other ships of the ROCN, including the replacement of the Sea Chaparral air defense system aboard the Kang Ding-class frigates, and air defense system for the new Yushan-class landing platform dock.

[2] Taiwan News

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