The National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST) is the primary research and development institution of the Republic of China Ministry of National Defense’s Armaments Bureau.
The “Glory Star” is an 80-ton ship, is 28 meters long and 8.4 m wide, and should be handed over to the NCSIST by May 31. Indeed, the user of the vessel will not be the ROC Navy but NCSIST to develop new naval weapon systems.
NCSIST is the designer and manufacturer of the Hsiung Feng II and III anti-ship missiles. Hsiung Feng III is supersonic and uses a ramjet propulsion system, with two boosters for initial acceleration. The missile has a range of 200 Kilometers and is reported to be capable of reaching speeds of Mach 3. Hsiung Feng II is subsonic and has a range of 250 Km.