During a recent video commemorating its 5th anniversary, the Air Defense and Missile Command of Taiwanese Air Force rolled out some information about the Weilong missile base on Tungyin Island, off the coast of Fujian Province of Communist China.
Tien Kung-2B short-range surface-to-surface missiles with a range of 500 kilometers were reportedly deployed in the Weilong base for the special missile unit’s use in addition to the Tien Kung-2 medium-range surface-to-air missiles and Hsiung Feng-2 anti-ship missiles, which formed one of Taiwan’s core asymmetric combat power. Tien Kung-2B missile is an improved version of the Tien Kung-2S short-range tactical surface-to-surface missile, developed between 1995 and 1996 during the third Taiwan Strait crisis in accordance with the emergency order of Luo Benli, then-Chief of General Staff of the Taiwan armed forces. Depending on the Tien Kung-2B missile, the Weilong base can deter CCP’s East Sea Fleet in the Min River, the largest river in Fujian Province.
After suspected CCP’s drones flew over Tungyin Island twice this July, Taiwan military said that it could not rule out the possibility of Beijing’s aerial reconnaissance of the Taipei’s defensive posture and response capability in the region. In addition, Taiwanese Defense Ministry said that seven CCP’s warplanes and four warships were detected around the self-governing island from 6 a.m. on the 23rd to 6 a.m. on the 24th. Among them, two J-11 fighters of the so-called People’s Liberation Army (PLA) entered the Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) in southwestern Taiwan.