Taiwan military to receive Sky Sword II mobile missile launchers

The Taiwanese Ministry of National Defense (MND) have announced that 19 Sky Sword II mobile missile launchers have been produced by the National Chung Shang Institute for Science and Technology (NCSIST) so far and will be handed over to the military on May 9.

It is to be noted that the mobile launchers are part of the ministry’s Sea and Air Combat Capability Enhancement Plan, which was implemented last year.

Under the plan, $771.6 Million has been allotted over five years from 2022-2026 to produce and build various types of missiles, mobile missile launchers, and military facilities.

The rate of progress for missile procurement is at 100%, with 800 total missiles produced in 2022.

Meanwhile, the rate of progress for mobile missile launcher procurement is at 95%.

About Sky Sword II or TC-2

The Sky Sword II or TC-2, is a Taiwanese beyond-visual-range 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. It also has ECCM capability and can engage multiple targets.


Type: Beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile

Place of origin: Taiwan

Service history:

Used by:

  • Republic of China Air Force
  • Republic of China Navy
  • Republic of China Army

Production history

Designed: 1990s

Manufacturer: National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology

Key Specifications: 

Mass: 184 kg

Length: 3.694 m / 4.6 m (TC-2N)

Operational Range: 100 km (62 mi) (TC-2C)

Maximum speed: Mach 6 (TC-2C)

Guidance System:

Mid-Stage: Inertial navigation system End-stage: Active radar homing

Launch Platform

Air Force: AIDC F-CK-1 Ching-Kuo

Navy: Tuo Chiang-class corvette & Kang Ding-class (in future)

Army: Transporter erector launchers