Advanced weapons systems, including the Hsiung Feng II-E (HF-2E) land attack cruise missile, will not be on display during this year’s Double Ten National Day ceremonies to mark the Republic of China’s 100th anniversary, Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) said yesterday.
Wang’s remarks contradicted newspaper reports earlier this month, which claimed the cruise missile would be on display during the event.
“To display HF-2E cruise missiles would have little meaning for [Taiwan],” because we are far behind China in the development of aircraft, said Wang, who doubles as the director of a task force overseeing the programs for the National Day ceremonies.
The HF-2E, which has a range of about 600km and was developed by the Chung-Shan Institute for Science and Technology, has not officially entered military service. It is intended for launch from both land and sea and would be capable of striking airports and missile bases in southeastern China, as well as metropolises such as Shanghai and Hong Kong.
If the HF-2E were displayed at the celebrations, it would be the first time it had been shown in public.
Wang said that to display the HF-2E at the ceremony “would only incur trouble” and could also make the US uncomfortable, adding that weapons considered “sensitive” would not be displayed.
Even though displaying the HF-2E could “produce a counterbalance effect,” the missile was still no comparison to China’s short-range Dong Feng-15 (DF-15) and medium-range DF-21 ballistic missiles, Wang said.
What is important for the centenary celebrations is to have a joyful event, Wang said. “Once we take this into consideration, there really is no need to put everything out just for a show and the HF-2E does not have a selling point,” he said.