Tai­wan to test new MLR ar­tillery in ex­er­cise


The lo­cally devel­oped Thunderbolt-2000 ar­tillery mul­ti­ple-launch rocket sys­tem (AMLRS) will join the na­tion’s largest an­nual drill dur­ing a sched­uled live-fire ex­er­cise next month, the Min­istry of Na­tional De­fense (MND) has an­nounced.

The Thunderbolt, a wheeled AMLRS, will be tested dur­ing the live-fire ex­er­cise to be held at the off­shore is­land of Penghu on April 17 as part of the an­nual Han Kuang se­ries of ex­er­cises, Ma­jor Gen­eral Tseng Fu-hsin of the MND an­nounced re­cently.

A num­ber of Thunderbolt-2000s will be used dur­ing the April 17 drill, he noted, say­ing 81 rock­ets will be fired in the process.

The weapon sys­tem was devel­oped by the mil­i­tary’s chief re­search fa­cil­ity, the Chung­shan In­sti­tute of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy (CSIST). Devel­op­ment of the sys­tem be­gan in 1997.

The truck-mounted, multi-bar­rel AMLRS is de­signed to pro­vide a quick­fire re­sponse against en­emy am­phibi­ous as­sault land­ings. It is ex­pected to be in­stalled at mil­i­tary units around the coun­try soon.

The sur­face-to-air stan­dard mis­sile II and the lo­cally devel­oped Hsi­ung Feng III anti-ship mis­sile will not be in­cluded in the ex­er­cises slated for April, ac­cord­ing to the Min­istry.

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