Taiwan Plans to Build Three Harpoon Anti-Ship Missile Bases

On March 2nd, the Taiwanese Ministry of National Defense announced plans to complete three bases for Harpoon Anti-Ship Missile systems in the south of Taiwan by 2027.

A budget of NT $3.4 billion (US $107.47 million) was created to build the bases. According to the Liberty Times, the three chosen locations for the bases are Guantian, Tainan City, Zuoying, Kaohsiung City, and Chaozhou, Pingtung County.

In 2020, the United States approved the sale of 100 land-based Harpoon Coastal Defense Systems. These defense systems included 400 RTM-84L-4 Harpoon Block II missiles, four RTM-84L-4 Harpoon Block II maneuver missiles, 100 launcher transporter units, and 25 radar trucks, according to the Central News Agency.

These missiles have a range of about 75 miles (121 km).

Additionally, these bases would be able to utilize domestically produced anti-ship missiles, such as the Hsiung Feng II and Hsiung Feng III Anti-Ship Cruise Missiles according to Taiwan News.

This comes as tensions between Taiwan and China have reached an all-time high.