Taiwan Will Build Four More Coastal Defense Missile Bases

The Taiwanese Ministry of Defense is building four missile defense bases in Pingtung, Kaohsiung, Tainan, and Taitung to be operational by the late 2020s or early 2030s.

The two bases at Pingtung and Kaohsiung will cost around $57.46 million (NT 1.86 billion), and the other two, at Tainan and Taitung, will cost $49.6 million (NT 1.61 billion) and $48.4 million (1.57 billion NT). 

The Ministry of Defense purchased 100 Harpoon coastal-based missiles and 400 Harpoon Block II land-based missiles for use in these bases back in 2020 for $73.1 million (NT 2.37 billion), which will be integrated by 2030.

A Coastal Operations Command is set to be established, made up of Taiwan’s Haifeng Brigade, Fast Attack Boat Combat Group, and the Naval Maritime Surveillance and Reconnaissance Command, guarding up to 27 miles (44 km) off Taiwan’s coast to deter Chinese ships with anti-ship capabilities. 

This comes a few weeks after the U.S. increased missile testing on Guam.