Taiwan tests SLBM's

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  1. LETHALFORCE

    LETHALFORCE Moderator Moderator

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    TAIPEI — Taiwan’s navy successfully test-fired two anti-ship missiles from a submarine, in the first such exercise since the weapons were acquired from the United States, local media reported Sunday.

    The Harpoon missiles were launched from Hai Hu (Sea Tiger), a Dutch-built conventional submarine, during a drill last week, the Liberty Times and the United Daily News said, citing unnamed naval sources.

    Taiwanese navy started taking delivery of the missiles last year to arm two submarines.

    The missiles, which have a range of 150 nautical miles (278 kilometers), would boost the attack capabilities of the two submarines previously only armed with torpedoes with a limited range, the naval sources were quoted as saying.

    The defence ministry declined to comment on the reports.

    Taiwan, which already has Harpoons installed on frigates and F-16 fighter jets, ordered the submarine-launched missiles in 2008 as part of a $6.5 billion arms sale that sparked strong protests from Beijing.

    The deal also included advanced interceptor Patriot missiles and Apache attack helicopters.

    Ties between Taipei and Beijing have improved markedly since Ma Ying-jeou of the China-friendly Kuomintang party came to power in 2008 promising to boost trade links and allow more Chinese tourists to visit the island. Ma was re-elected in 2012.

    But Beijing still sees the island as part of its territory awaiting reunification, by force if necessary, even though Taiwan has governed itself since 1949 at the end of a civil war.

    China has repeatedly threatened to invade Taiwan should the island declare formal independence, prompting Taipei to seek more advanced weapons, largely from the United States.

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    Harpoon isn't SLBM
     
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    Yes they Launch US made Harpoon Anti Ship Missile from Netherlands made Submarine ... Reporters are crazy
     
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    It is now, apparently. The article does say it is "a first."
     
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    I guess this could be called propaganda?
     
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    This version Harpoon capable of launch from sub

    Harpoon (missile) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    for those purists who don't like Wiki

    Weapon
     
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    India too bought some Pieces of submarine Launched Harpoons from the US past month

    US to Sell India Submarine-Launched Missiles | The Diplomat
     
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    it's like paki missile test,they launch foreign missiles saying its their homegrown.
     
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    wait, i really like the america but they shouldnt attack china and sell weapons to seperatists to make a war
     

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