Taiwan to Develop TC-3 air-to-air Missile

Taiwan to Develop TC-3 air-to-air Missile 1 October, 2019

Up Media reports that Taiwan is seeking to improve the Tien Chien 1 short-range air-to-air missile by improving its off-boresight and kinematic capabilities with "backfire" attack capability with a large-angle off-axis flight. The performance is similar to the current strongest short-range air-to-air missile, AIM-9X Block II type Sidewinder missile.

The new missile will also have lock-on after launch (LOAL) capability.

In order to improve the airborne capabilities of fighters, the Chinese Academy of Sciences plans to upgrade the existing Tianjian-1 short-range air-to-air missiles to the "Tianjian III" missiles, but the R&D air force is currently only listed as an evaluation case. However, the Air Force is sceptical of the proposal as the IDF fighter lacks helmet-mounted displays to make LOAL work.

It is pointed out that the Air Force considers the active F-16 fighter to be upgraded to the F-16V fighter, and also purchased the AIM-9X missile.

At present, IDF is equipped with the Tianjian-1 short-range air-to-air missile developed by the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The shape and performance of the sword-fly missile are very close to the AIM-9 rattlesnake air-to-air missile, which belongs to the infrared guidance mode and has "all-round" Target tracking and attack capabilities, and the overall performance is close to AIM-9L/M. Therefore, the Chinese Academy of Sciences has been planning to upgrade the existing Sword-Flying elastic energy to the "Tianjian III" missile of the AIM-9X missile.

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