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Taiwan Developing Cruise Missiles (01 Sep 2002)

Taiwan is in the final stage of developing a cruise missile aimed at deterring a Chinese naval invasion.

The "Hsiung Feng 3," or Brave Wind 3, would have a range of 300 kilometers making it able to reach China's southern and eastern coasts.
The missile would surpass in both range and speed the Russian-built Sunburn missiles that equip the Sovremenny-class destroyers acquired recently by China.

Taiwan's cruise missile is expected to be mass-produced in about two years after more tests.

Taiwan has acquired Harpoon anti-ship missiles from the United States in recent years and is also developing similar of its own, as the island would be vulnerable to a naval blockade by China.