Taipei: Taiwan tested its longest range ship-to-ship missile within a month of China putting its first aircraft carrier into service, a report said.

Dubbed an "aircraft carrier killer", the missile has a range of 400 kilometers (250 miles) and is capable of achieving Mach 3.0, or triple the speed of sound, the Taipei-based newspaper said.
    
"The Chung-shan Institute of Science and Technology finished a series of tests off Taiwan last month," it said, in reference to Taiwan's arms development unit.
    
"No ship is capable of withstanding its high-velocity impact," the paper quoted an unnamed military source as saying.
    
Taiwan's defence ministry declined to comment on the report.
    
The missile was described as a long-range variant of the Hsiung Feng III, already installed on Taiwanese frigates and missile boats and designed to achieve Mach 2.0 with a range of up to 130 kilometres (80 miles).

(Agencies)

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