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Defense ministry mum on missile technology transfer

2018/06/16 17:39:15

Photo courtesy of the Ministry of National Defense

Taipei, June 16 (CNA) The defense ministry declined to comment on a report Saturday that an American global aerospace firm will be transferring critical missile technologies to Taiwan.

Ministry of National Defense (MND) spokesman Chen Chung-chi (陳中吉) told reporters that because the issue concerns private business entities, the ministry would have no comment on the story.

Chen was asked to respond to a Liberty Times report published Saturday that Lockheed Martin has agreed to transfer titanium investment casting process technology to Taiwanese companies.

The report also cited an unnamed senior MND official as saying that the American company's interest in cooperation is aimed at helping Taiwan's defense industry enhance and upgrade its existing capabilities.

According to a Taiwan Aerospace Industry Association (TAIA) report in March, Lockheed Martin's Missiles and Fire Control (LMMFC) has been looking to work with Taiwan through the Industrial Cooperation Program (ICP) to help strengthen the country's defense industry.

The technology transfer carried out by the Lockheed Martin business unit would involve the upgrading of large cast metal molds used in the aerospace industry, shell mold manufacturing systems, metal melting technology, and welding and annealing techniques to meet military-grade and aerospace certifications, the TAIA said.

(By Liu Lee-jung and Ko Lin)