Air Defense: April 23, 2002

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Taiwan has bowed to US pressure and will maintain its Patriot missile technical assistance contract with Raytheon for another year. Taiwan has 200 Patriot-2+ missiles but has resisted US encouragement to buy more. Instead, it wants to develop its own anti-ballistic missile to avoid dependence on the US for defense against massive Chinese missile bombardments.--Stephen V Cole

 


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