Hsiung Feng II

The Hsiung Feng II (HF-2) (雄風二型, "Brave Wind II") is an anti-ship missile system developed by the Chungshan Institute of Science and Technology in Taiwan. The HF-2 is designed to be deployed aboard ships or at facilities on land, an airborne version has also been developed which can be carried by the ROC Air Force's F-CK fighters. The HF-2 has ECCM capabilities and is deployed on the ROC Navy's Cheng Kung class frigates and Lafayette class frigates, as well as at several land-based sites. In 2000, plans were announced to replace the HF-2 missiles stationed on the Cheng Kung frigates with the RGM-84 Harpoon, but the budget for this was cancelled.

In 2001 a land attack cruise missile variant known as the HF-2E was announced, mass production of the HF-2E began in 2005.

Hsiung Feng II
Class Missile
Type Surface to Surface
Manufacturer National Chung-Shan Institute of Science Tech
Origin Taiwan
Country Name Origin Year
Taiwan 2000
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
National Chung-Shan Institute of Science Tech View

Although the next generation supersonic SSM, the HF-3, has recently completed its development and will start production soon, the development of the HF-2 continues.

In mid-1990s the fuel for HF-2 was changed, which doubled its range (80 km to 160 km). The IR seeker was also being changed to an IR imaging seeker, which greatly enhance the IRCCM ability. Also, with the IR imaging seeker, the HF-2 was then able to attack shore targets also, with pre-stored target shape inside missile's computer, but an HF-2 land attack ability was never confirmed.

In the late 1990s CSIST begin to develop the supersonic version of HF-2, which could accelerate to low supersonic speed (Mach 1.5) in final dash, thus increase its chance to kill the target. Development was rumored finished, and some older HF-2 was being replaced with the new supersonic HF-2. But this supersonic HF-2 version is believed to be a myth.

Some HF-2 batteries are located on Taiwan's outlying islands, with others fitted on naval vessels. These missiles have had their radars and IR seekers replaced with GPS guidance units and TV/IR seekers for terminal guidance. This is designed to serve as a deterrent to mainland China, and will continue to do so until CSIST completed development of the HF-2E. As with the above, however, the existence of a land-attack version of the HF-2 anti-ship missile is unconfirmed, and media reports claiming the new missiles have a range of between 1000 and 2000 miles have been dismissed by the Ministry of National Defense as "sheer fabrication."

In late 2014, CSIST reportedly began the test-launching stage of an extended-range version of the HF-2, increasing range from 160 km (99 mi) to 250 km (160 mi).

General characteristics

  • Primary Function: Anti-ship missile, some prototypes land attack cruise missiles
  • Power Plant: Solid propellant booster, turbojet in-flight
  • Range: 160 km (antiship)
  • Top Speed: 0.85 Mach
  • Weight: 685 kg
  • Length: 4.8 m
  • Diameter: 40 cm
  • Warhead: 180 kg high explosive warhead plus advanced technology self-forging fragmentation
  • Guidance: Inertial guidance midflight, terminal with dual active radar homing and infrared homing seekers
  • Date Deployed: Early 1990s

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