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Sparrow missiles will not be in live-fire drills: official

Staff writer, with CNA

Sparrow missiles will not be deployed in a planned live-fire missile exercise next month, Ministry of National Defense spokesman Major General David Lo (羅紹和) said yesterday, pointing out that there is no rule that stipulates the missile types the military must put on show in such displays.

Lo was responding to media inquiries about a news report that the medium-range guided missile has been excluded from exercises scheduled for next month after misfires during an exercise attended by President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) in January last year.

In military precision shooting drills, “not every missile has to be test-fired,” Lo said.

He declined to comment on an investigation by the military into why the US-made ordnance failed in last year’s tests.

Air force officials said they had not received any reports from the US on the problematic missiles. However, the US military has requested countries that have acquired the Sparrow missiles not to fire them during military exercises to lower training risks.

Next month’s exercise is scheduled to take place at the Jioupeng (九鵬) military base in Pingtung County.

Missiles expected to be test-fired include the Hellfire, the Hsiung Feng II, the Sky Swords I and II and the Maverick, the military said.

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