Taiwan to equip Kang Ding class frigates with Sea Sword II missile


According to information published by Taiwan News on August 31, 2021, the Republic of China Navy will upgrade its six Kang Ding-class frigates to improve their air and missile defenses by installing a new missile system, the Sea Sword II.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Sky Sword II and Sky Sword I missiles (Picture source: Flickr account of James Tung)


The Sky Sword II, or TC-2, is a medium-range, radar guided air-to-air missile. It has an inertial navigation system, a data-link for mid-course guidance and active radar homing for terminal guidance, beyond visual range.

The missile has all-weather capability, is equipped with a thrust-vectoring booster to increase its range as well as maneuverability during the launch phase (although early ship-based launch trials were carried out without this feature), and can engage anti-ship missiles and aircraft. It also has folding control surfaces to be quad-packed into either above-deck oblique launchers or in-deck vertical launch systems. It has an operational range of 100 km.

The Kang Ding class is a derivative of the French La Fayette class that is a class of general-purpose frigates built by DCNS and operated by the French Navy.

The La Fayette frigates are powered by four SEMT Pielstick 12 PA6 V 280 STC diesel engines, rated at 21,000hp. They can reach a maximum speed of 25 kt and, at an economical speed of 12 kt, the range is 9,000 nm. The crew consists of 141 people including 12 officers, 68 non-commissioned officers, and 61 sailors.


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