Taiwan completes final operational test of Wan Chien air launched cruise missile

Taiwan has completed the final operational test of its indigenous Wan Chien air-launched cruise missile (ALCM) on Sept. 25.

After being released from a AIDC F-CK-1 Ching-kuo fighter jet, commonly known as the Indigenous Defense Fighter (IDF), the missile flew for 80 minutes and circled off Pingtun for 200km.

The Wan Chien is a 3.5 m long aircraft launched subsonic cruise missile produced by the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST). The conventionally armed weapon resembles the MBDA SCALP/Storm Shadow ALCM and the Raytheon AGM-154 Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW).

Powered by a turbojet engine, the Wan Chein (means Ten Thousands Swords in Chinese language) missile reportedly has a range of 240km.

The 650 kg missile is guided by INS/GPS and may have a terminal seeker. The payload is approximately 350 kg with either a high explosive, semi-armor piercing, or submunitions warhead. The submunitions warhead can reportedly be equipped with as many as 100 secondary bomblet warheads.

The missile is designed to enable the Republic of China Air Force (ROCAF) to conduct long-range suppression attacks against coastal inland military targets, whilst operating from the Taiwan Strait airspace.

Primarily intended to strike runways at enemy military airports, the Wan Chien missile is fired from a distance, which is adequate for attacking personnel to dodge defensive fire from the target locations.

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