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Subject: ROCAF successfully tested Ten-Thousand Sword
YelliChink    9/7/2010 12:11:33 PM
According to a big mouth legislator of Taiwan, ROCAF have recently passed the initial test phase of the Ten-Thousand Sword missile. The missile is supposedly an AGM-154 look-a-like and contains more than a hundred submunitions capable of destroying runway. The actual range and attack mode is still kept in secret but generally believed to be around 120km in Hi-Lo mode. The missile is designed to be launched from IDF C/D models. It would make much more sense if they also make ground-launched model with booster and increased range. After all, the 36N6E and 64N6 radar systems just across the strait are very annoying.
 
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YelliChink       9/7/2010 12:18:37 PM
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The missile is jet-powered and does have a relatively large phallus hanging underneath the fuselage.
 
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Zhang Fei       9/7/2010 7:46:55 PM
According to Wikipedia, the CCK AFB used to house several USAF squadrons:

 

During the Cold War, CCK was used by the United States Air Force as a support installation.

USAF use of the base began in 1958 with the deployment of twelve Lockheed F-104 Starfighters from the 83rd Fighter Interceptor Squadron during the Quemoy crisis. The crisis was peacefully resolved, and the aircraft were returned to the United States.

In April 1965, the 479th Tactical Fighter Wing at George AFB California deployed two F-104C squadrons to CCK (434th and 435th TFS).

Tactical Air Command reassigned the 314th Troop Carrier Wing, with Fairchild C-123 Providers and Lockheed C-130 Hercules to CCK on 22 January 1966 from Sewart AFB, Tennessee. Known squadrons were:

    * 50th Tactical Airlift Squadron (C-130E) (February 1966 - May 1971) (Tail Code DE)
    * 345th Tactical Airlift Squadron (C-130E) (February 1966 - May 1971) (Tail Code DH)
    * 346th Tactical Airlift Squadron (C-130E) (March 1969 - May 1971) (Tail Code DY)
    * 776th Tactical Airlift Squadron (C-130E) (February 1966 - May 1971) (Tail Code DL)

These aircraft remained deployed to the base to provide passenger and cargo airlift throughout the Far East and combat airlift in Southeast Asia. The 314th TAW returned to Little Rock AFB, Arkansas in 1971. The 314th was replaced by the Pacific Air Forces 374th Tactical Airlift Wing on 31 May 1971, being reassigned from Naha AB, Okinawa with CCK becoming a major depot support facility in Asia for theater-based tactical airlift aircraft. Known squadrons were:

    * 21st Tactical Airlift Squadron (C-130E) (May 1971 - November 1973) (Tail Code DY)
    * 50th Tactical Airlift Squadron (C-130E) (May 1971 - November 1973) (Tail Code DE)
    * 345th Tactical Airlift Squadron (C-130E) (May 1971 - November 1973) (Tail Code DH)
    * 776th Tactical Airlift Squadron (C-130E) (May 1971 - November 1973) (Tail Code DL)

Lockheed C-130E-LM Hercules 63-7825 345th TAS/374th TAW
McDonnell F-4C-23-MC Phantoms of the 44th TFS/18th TFW deployed at CCK, 2 October 1973. Serial 64-0750 in foreground.

The 374th remained heavily committed to support of operations in Southeast Asia, and also continued routine airlift in other areas. One of the wing's humanitarian missions-flood relief in the Philippines-earned it a Philippine Republic Presidential Unit Citation in 1972. The wing provided support in March 1973 for Operation Homecoming, the repatriation of American prisoners from Hanoi, North Vietnam.

The increase in the B-52 Arc Light sortie rates over Vietnam necessitated relocation of additional KC-135's which provided PACAF fighter support. In February 1968 the United States Air Force Strategic Air Command 4220th Air Refueling Squadron deployed to CCK, bringing KC-135 tankers formerly based at Takhli RTAFB, Thailand and Kadena AB Okinawa.

The KC-135s were redeployed to permit increased B-52 operations at U-Tapao and F-111 deployment at Takhli. The move of the KC-135's to Ching Chuan Kang increased their effectiveness since they would be based nearer to Vietnam refueling areas. In addition five U-Tapao Royal Thai Navy Airfield based radio relay aircraft were moved to Ching Chuan Kang by February 1968, along with approximately 450 additional USAF personnel.

Two Martin EB-57 Canberras from the 347th Tactical Fighter Wing based at Yokota AB Japan deployed to CCK, between November 29 and December 8, 1968. These aircraft provided Republic of China Air Defense pilots an opportunity to detect and intercept enemy aircraft that used electronic countermeasure (ECM) equipment.

On 20 February 1972 a Lockheed HC-130 set world record [that still stands] for a great circle distance without landing with a turboprop aircraft of 8,732.09 miles (14,052.94 km), flying from Ching Chuan Kang AB to Scott AFB, Illinois.

The 18th Tactical Fighter Wing based at Kadena AB, Okinawa maintained a detachment of McDonnell F-4C Phantom II aircraft from November 1972 until 1979.

 

 
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warpig       9/7/2010 10:05:09 PM
I certainly agree about the serious desirability/need for both a ground-launched version and for increased range.  Relying on a mere 120km range when launched from high altitude (if that is indeed accurate) from IDFs could well prove a bit problematic in a near-future scenario in the face of S-300 battalions with 150km and 200km range against high-flying sitting ducks like IDFs.  Hopefully the Taiwanese will also build plenty of those HF-2Es and/or other systems that can help suppress the Chinese IADS in order to make flying a strike using these "Ten Thousand Swords" missiles a two-way trip.
 
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