Fri, Sep 23, 2011 - Page 8 News List

Taiwan needs to go asymmetrical

By J. Michael Cole 寇謐將

Another solution, some defense analysts posit, would be for the US to sell the Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) to Taiwan, a 300km-range maneuverable artillery rocket that can take skeet submunitions to target enemy invasion gathering points or surface-to-air missile sites across the Taiwan Strait.

If Taiwan is unable to modernize its fleet of aircraft and acquire new ones in sufficient numbers, a good defense strategy would be to save the billions of dollars it risks wasting and use that money to acquire and develop asymmetrical means to effectively counter China.

J. Michael Cole is deputy news editor at the Taipei Times.

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