De­fense Min­istry re­buts re­port on radar sys­tem’s com­bat readi­ness

The China Post - - LOCAL -

The Min­istry of Na­tional De­fense re­but­ted a re­port Sun­day that the data link in­ter­face of the PAVE Phased Ar­ray Warn­ing Sys­tem ( PAVE PAWS) Tai­wan re­ceived from the United States in 2013 has yet to be in­te­grated with cru­cial two mis­sile warn­ing cen­ters.

The radar warn­ing sys­tem and the two mis­sile warn­ing cen­ters in Taipei and Hualien County, re­spec­tively, have all be­gun oper­a­tions and "are run­ning smoothly," said min­istry spokesman Luo Shou-he.

"It is not true to say that the two sys­tems can­not op­er­ate nor­mally," Luo said, but he de­clined to re­veal any fur­ther de­tails re­lated to the fa­cil­i­ties, which he said are mil­i­tary se­crets re­lated to na­tional se­cu­rity.

Luo was re­spond­ing to a United Evening News re­port on Sun­day that said the PAVE PAW radar sys­tem, in­stalled at the Le­shan mil­i­tary base in a re­mote moun­tain area in Hs­inchu County, and the mis­sile cen­ters had yet to be con­nected.

The two sets of warn­ing sys­tems still rely on voice com­mu­ni­ca­tions to be linked to­gether, the re­port said, cit­ing an un­named law­maker.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, the radar sys­tem — a key part of Tai­wan's anti-mis­sile ca­pa­bil­i­ties — is meant to de­tect on­com­ing mis­siles and then send their co­or­di­nates to the MIM-104 Pa­triot sur­face-to-air mis­sile sys­tem and other mis­sile sys­tems, such as the Sky Bow, through the mis­sile warn­ing cen­ters in Taipei and Hualien.

The prob­lem needed to be re­solved jointly by Tai­wan and the U.S., the law­maker was cited as say­ing in the re­port.

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