This report is the first in a series of reports on ballistic missile/space launch vehicle development in the Republic of Korea, Japan and Taiwan, China, with a focus on institutions that are capable of producing components that could be subject to the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) or the Hague Code of Conduct.
Three institutions in Taiwan relevant to the development of ballistic missiles/space launch vehicles have been identified:
The National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST);
The Advanced Rocket Research Center (ARRC)
Among the three institutions, NCSIST, Taiwan’s main defense technology developer and weapon manufacturer, is the most likely candidate for developing indigenous ballistic missiles, should Taiwan authorize the pursuit of such a capability.
TiSPACE and ARRC are small, civilian and private start-up companies that are currently developing sounding rockets. The two companies have maintained a purely civilian profile and there is no evidence to suggest that they would compete with or work together with NCSIST if Taiwan were to decide to pursue a domestic ballistic missile programme. They are included in this report because the long term goal of both TiSPACE and ARRC is to develop their own respective space launch vehicles.