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MND dismisses reports of military leak by ex-minister

By Rich Chang  /  Staff reporter

The Ministry of National Defense (MND) yesterday rebutted a media report alleging that a new type of domestically produced medium-range surface-to-surface missile, codenamed Yun-fang, had been developed and would be in mass production next year.

The Chinese-language China Times reported yesterday that the missile, which it said was developed by the Chung Shan Institute of Science and Technology, has an estimated range of 1,000km.

The report added that the military plans to produce 50 missiles in the first stage and would deploy the weapon in mountainous areas in central Taiwan next year

The weapon is a tactical counterattack missile that would target airports, missile bases and military facilities in southeast China, the report said.

The newspaper cited former deputy minister of national defense Michael Tsai’s (蔡明憲) recently released book, God Bless Taiwan (天佑台灣), in which Tsai writes that the military initiated a program to develop a new type of medium-range missile.

The military issued a press statement saying that the report was incorrect.

It added that political figures and the media’s disclosure of confidential military information could seriously jeopardize national security.

If the revelations were untrue, they could cause misunderstandings both domestically and internationally, the military said.

The Chung Shan Institute of Science and Technology has developed the military’s main missile systems, including the Hsiung Feng III (HF-3) anti-ship missile, the Hsiung Feng 2E cruise missile and the Tien Kung air defense missile series.

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