Taiwanese Supersonic Missile Test Unsuccessful

29 June 2011 (Last Updated June 29th, 2011 18:30)

Taiwan's new indigenous supersonic anti-ship missile, the Hsiung Feng (Brave Wind) III, has failed to hit its target during a routine naval drill. The Defence Ministry confirmed that the failure was due to a computer glitch that occurred during the drill. "The ministry will improv

Taiwan's new indigenous supersonic anti-ship missile, the Hsiung Feng (Brave Wind) III, has failed to hit its target during a routine naval drill.

The Defence Ministry confirmed that the failure was due to a computer glitch that occurred during the drill.

"The ministry will improve on the screening of hardcore facilities ... to ensure the quality of the missiles," the ministry added.

The Hsiung Feng III missile has been designed to cruise at a maximum speed of Mach 2.0 with a range of up to 130km.

The missiles are estimated to cost Taiwanese taxpayers at least $3.45m each.

Taiwan conducted two failed missile tests earlier this year.