AFM recently received photos of a Republic of China Air Force (ROCAF) F-CK-1D aircraft carrying a rarely seen stand-off cruise missile.
The Indigenous Defense Fighter was seen landing at Taitung during weapons trials on September 25, one of three examples taking part. The base is home to Tactical Training & Development Center (TTDC) that loans aircraft from other units as required.
The missile is called the Wan Chien (Ten Thousands Swords) and is produced by the military-run Chung Shan Institute of Science and Technology (CSIST).
The conventionally armed weapon broadly resembles the MBDA SCALP/Storm Shadow and the Raytheon AGM-154 Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW).
Powered by a turbojet engine, it is reportedly capable of attacking targets at a range of 240km.
Even though the missile has been known about since 2011 and was publicly displayed in 2014, its development has made slow progress due to political constraints.
The ROCAF’s fleet F-CK-1A and two-seat F-CK-1B aircraft has recently undergone an avionics and weapons upgrade, bringing them up to F-CK-1C and F-CK-1D standard, respectively. This may include Wan Chien compatibility. The first batch of six aircraft had been completed by June 2011, with all 71 examples scheduled to have received their upgrades by the end of 2012.