Taiwan has put into service a distant detection radar system manufactured in the USA for the billions of dollars, the least capable to prevent than 6 minutes of a Chinese missile strike, said on Sunday a senior bureaucrat.
Radar installed in the mountains in the northern county of Hsinchu, has already begun to provide information on the observation immediately after the opening ceremony, which held control of Staff, Air Force General Yan Ming, on Friday.
«Radar is able to tell us less than 6 minutes to prepare for the unexpected though how attacks,» said Lt. Gen. Vu Van Air Force.
Liberty Times newspaper said it was phased alert system, which costs Tw $ 40.9 billion ($ 1.38 billion), capable of detecting objects flying at a distance of 5,000 km (3,100 miles).
«The system has allowed Taiwan to get comprehensive regulation means for observation, when North Korea launched a rocket in December, Taiwan managed to check their anti-missile system.
Critics they say that the radar is very expensive, taking into account that it will only provide a small amount of extra time before the attack and potentially without the help of others, it is vulnerable to all Chinese missile strikes.
But, they say, and about the system which can access the United States with the approval of Taiwan — which brings to the first plan position Taipei strategic ally of Washington in spite of the lack of diplomatic ties.
«The means of separation from the United States collected from disk imaging radar system, Taiwan to become part of the U.S. strategic defense network in the region,» said Kevin Cheng, chief editor of the Asia-Pacific Defense magazine in Taipei.
«It is more fundamentally than the extra couple of minutes, which can give the system.»
Taiwan decided to buy an expensive system in the United States since 1995-1996 — the years of the missile crisis, when China conducted tests ballistic missiles near Taiwan’s territorial waters to try to intimidate the peninsula before its first direct presidential elections.
«This — the most advanced system of its kind in the world … it is very critical, as the Chinese Communists are targeting more than 1,000 ballistic missiles at Taiwan,» Chao Shih-chang, then deputy defense minister, said in Parliament in 2011, adding that it were also able to detect cruise missiles.
But Beijing still considers the peninsula as part of their own country and, when necessary could use force to reunite, even though Taiwan has autonomy from the beginning of civilian war in 1949.