Taiwan Plans to Double Missile Production Over China Threat

Taiwan plans to double its missile production capacity to up to 500 yearly amid what it sees as intensifying military pressure from China.

Last year, Taiwan approved an extra military spending of T$240 billion ($8.6 billion) over the next five years, which will cover plans to increase annual missile production capacity to 497 from the current 207 a year, according to a report by the defense ministry.

The production includes Taiwan’s self-made Wan Chien missiles, Hsiung Feng IIE missile, and Hsiung Sheng missile. The ministry also plans to begin manufacturing 48 new “attack drones” every year.

Earlier last month, the ministry announced a new arms deal with the United States that involves the “Patriot Missile Engineering Service” worth about $100 million. The deal was expected to take effect in March.

China continues to claim Taiwan as part of its territory, and has been ramping up military pressure around the island in a bid to assert its claims.

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