Naval Weapons

Kaohsiung Maritime 2018: Taiwan begins work on next-generation Hsiung Feng missile

27 September 2018

A mock-up of the Hsiung Feng III missile shown at NCSIST's pavilion, as part of the Kaohsiung International Maritime and Defence Exhibition 2018. Source: IHS Markit/Ridzwan Rahmat

Key Points

  • Taiwan is developing a next-generation version of the Hsiung Feng III missile
  • Developments aim to improve weapon’s survivability, range, and payload capacity

Taiwan’s National Chung Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST) is currently working on an improved variant of the Hsiung Feng III anti-ship and land-attack cruise missile.

A NCSIST representative who spoke to Jane’s at the Kaohsiung International Maritime and Defence Exhibition on 27 September, described the project as one that aims to improve the ship-launched version of the Hsiung Feng III’s range, survivability, and payload capacity.

Hsiung Feng III is the latest iteration in the family of missiles that was first developed by Taiwan in the 1970s. The weapon has a maximum range of about 108 n miles (200 km), and a high-explosive semi-armour piercing payload capacity of up to 120 kg.

“To prepare for future challenges, we are currently working on propulsion improvements to increase this range to more than 200 km, but most importantly is to increase the maximum payload that can be carried,” said the NCSIST representative, adding that the aim is to get the payload closer to 200 kg range.

“There are also plans to improve the survivability of the missile, to ensure that there is a higher chance for it to reach its target,” he added, while giving Jane’s a corporate video presentation of the Hsiung Feng III’s capabilities. He declined to reveal further details on this citing confidentiality concerns.

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