By Kayleigh Madjar / Editor
The deployment of new short-range automated defense systems on two outlying islands is ahead of schedule and should be completed by the end of this year at the latest, the military said in a briefing to lawmakers.
The army and navy have purchased six sets of short-range weapon systems which will be partly deployed on Dongyin Island in Lienchiang County (東引) and Wuchiu Island in Kinmen County (烏坵) .
The Chinese-language United Daily News (UDN) reported yesterday that the Wuchiu system is expected to be deployed by June, while the Dongyin system is expected to be operational by the end of this year.
Photo: Screenshot from Chungshan Institute of Science and Technology website
News of the early deployment schedule came weeks after a Chinese civilian plane flew overhead Feb. 5 near Dongyin in a move widely interpreted as a provocation or test of Taiwan’s combat readiness.
The systems are based on the locally produced T-75 20mm autocannon, with the option of the single-barreled XTR-101 or the twin-barreled XTR-102, the Department of National Defense previously announced about procurement.
It can be used on land, or mounted on vehicles or vessels, as well as remotely controlled to ensure safe operation.
Equipped with image recognition, target lock-on, ballistic correction and fire control tracking, the system ensures “fast, fierce, vicious and precise” firepower, dramatically improving the army’s short-range defense capabilities, the newspaper quoted the Chungshan Institute of Science and Technology as saying. as told.
The UDN quoted the navy command as saying in the report to the Legislative Yuan that testing of four weapon systems was completed on October 8 last year, while construction and electrical installations at the site were completed. in December.
Originally scheduled to become operational by the end of this year, the Navy announced that it had advanced the deployment of the Wuchiu system to June.
Construction work in Dongyin was completed last month, the army command headquarters said.
The system is expected to be moved to the island between next month and July, and installed in August and September, UDN said citing the report.
The training will take place in September for the final checks by October or November, he added.
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