Sky Sword II

The TC-2 Sky Sword II (天劍二, Tien Chien II) is a radar guided air-to-air missile developed by the Chungshan Institute of Science and Technology (CSIST) in the Republic of China (R.O.C.) during the 1990s for the ROC Air Force. The TC-2 is intended as the mid-range supplement of the IR guided Sky Sword I (TC-1), and both are currently deployed on the ROCAF's F-CK-1 fighters.

The TC-2's seeker head is based on Motorola-Raytheon design, initially a competitor to the AIM-120 contract, which was later won by Hughes. CSIST is reported to have purchased 200 TC-2 seeker head "kits" from Raytheon. This led to speculation that the ROCAF would have no more than 200 TC-2's in its inventory.

On March 17, 2004, Jane's Defense Weekly reported that CSIST had produced an air-launched anti-radiation missile (ARM), named Tien Chien IIA (TC-2A). The TC-2A is reported to have a new seeker head and guidance package, possibly with dual-mode passive radar and infrared homing sensors, and an improved extended-range rocket motor. The updated missile, with its new seeker head, indicates that CSIST's TC-2/TC-2A production is not limited to the original Raytheon order.

According to CSIST, the development of the naval variant, TC-2N started in 1994, with operational test firings and acceptance completed by 2014.

Sky Sword II
Class Missile
Type Air to Air
Manufacturer National Chung-Shan Institute of Science Tech
Origin Taiwan
Country Name Origin Year
Taiwan 1999
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
China View
Taiwan View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
National Chung-Shan Institute of Science Tech View

General characteristics (TC-2)

  • Primary Function: Air-to-air missile
  • Power Plant: Solid propellant
  • Length: 3.60 m
  • Weight: 190 kg
  • Diameter: 203 mm
  • Warhead: 30 kg Blast/fragmentation
  • Guidance: midrange inertial guidance, terminal active radar guidance
  • Range: 60 km
  • Date Deployed: 1999

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