TK Ⅲ Air Defense Weapon System

TK Ⅲ Air Defense Weapon System

TK III Surface to Air defense system

General Descriptions:

The Tien-Kung III (abbreviated as TK III) is a land-based surface to air weapon system developed by NCSIST. The system is designed to engage different threats, including: aircrafts, cruise missiles, anti-radiation missiles, and short range tactical missiles.

As demand, the system could also launch TK I and II missiles. To date, the system is substituted for the Hawk SAM system and is cooperated with PAC system to construct the low-altitude air defense system in Taiwan.

System Features:

TK III weapon system includes Command, Control, Communication, Computer, Intelligence, and Surveillance (C4IS). Therefore, the weapon system could operate autonomously or under control from higher echelon units. The TK III weapon system is composed of:

• Missile
• Launcher
• Engagement Control Station (ECS)
• Phased Array Radar (PAR)
• Electric Power Plant (EPP)
• Communication Relay (ComR)

ECS is a command and control center of fire control units. It also performs information exchange among internal subordinates and higher echelon units. The communication is done through fiber optics or wireless provided by ComR. Each TK III launcher contains four containers with TK III or TK II missiles.

It can not only control TK III launchers, but also TK II and I launchers. In order to increase the survivability and flexibility in the battle field, the mobility is designed into the system. In the following list, you can see the features of missile, launcher, ECS, and PAR.


• Single stage with solid propellant
• Vertical launch
• Aerodynamic control
• Hypersonic speed
• Wide flight envelop with high maneuverability
• Midcourse Navigation: Integral Navigation (Inertial + Radar Uplink/Downlink)
• Terminal Navigation: microwave seeker
• Directional warhead



• Fully self-contained units
• Remotely operated by ECS
• Each launcher consists of with four containers and can launch TK III or TK II missiles


Engagement Control Station (ECS)

• Intelligence receives and exchanges
• Receiving and executing orders from higher echelon units
• GUI (Graphic user interface) with human factors
• Battery level command and control center
• Target identification
• Target threaten evaluation
• Engagement decision: manual, auto recommendation, automatic, and execution of orders from higher echelon
• Weapon assignment (TKI, II, and III missiles)
• Fire sequence control
• Kill evaluation
• Bio and chemical hazards monitor and protection
• Automatic system tests and diagnostics reporting


Phased-Array Radar (PAR)

• Autonomy or control by ECS
• Multi-targets searching and tracking radar
• Uplink targets and missiles tracking information to missiles
• Receive downlink from missiles
• Multi-search modes : anti-crafts, anti-TBM, and mixed mode
• Targets classification
• IFF (Identification Friend / Foe )
• ECCM(Electronic Counter-Countermeasures)