Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (CSIST)

01.General Information

Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (CSIST) is the primary research and development institution of the Ministry of National Defense's Armaments Bureau and has been active in the development of various weapons systems and dual use technology.
It is also involved in developing systems for Taiwan's civilian space program. The institute is administered under the Armaments Bureau of the ROC Ministry of National Defense (MND), and is headquartered in Lungtan Township, Taoyuan County, Taiwan.

The institute is divided into six research divisions and four centers.

Research Divisions:

  • Aeronautical systems
  • Missile and rocket systems
  • Information and communications
  • Chemical systems materials and electro-optics
  • Electronic systems


  • System development
  • System manufacturing
  • Integrated logistical support
  • Information management

Each research division or research center has a director in charge of the research and development of its specialty, while planning units have project chairmen responsible for R&D program management and system integration. The CSIST jointly conducts independent research and development of weapon systems with the Aero Industry Development Center, which is now under CSIST supervision.

The CSIST First Institute is engaged in developing combat aircraft of newer generation with greater combat radius and multiple functions. The Aviation Institute, originally set up by the government in Szechwan in 1939, and was renamed the Aero Industry Development Center [AIDC] in 1969.

The CSIST Second (Missile and Rocket) Institute is mainly responsible for the missile and rocket development under the CSIST overall planning, engaging in research and development concerning jet propulsion, aerodynamics, structure, inertia guidance, flight control, fuse, precision machinery designing and manufacturing, and flight test.

The CSIST Third Institute is mainly responsible for the research and development of electronic warfare equipment of the armed forces. It has a research and development capability in electronic warfare, communications, radar, antenna, command control communications and information, guidance and control, underwater weaponry, key parts and elements, and production reliability. The designing of the electronic homing devices and anti-jamming devices for Hsiung Feng, Tien Kung and Sky Sword missiles constituted an important part of the institute's research and development effort.

The work of the CSIST Fourth (Chemistry) Institute covers seven categories namely propellant fuel, gun powders and explosives, warhead, chemical warfare defense, detection prevention, moisture and corrosion prevention, and photoelectric chemistry under the national defense strategic objectives.

Missiles made by the institute include:

  • Hsiung Feng I (HF-1)-sea and ground based subsonic Anti-ship missile
  • Hsiung Feng II (HF-2)-improved HF-1 with air-to-ground missile
  • Hsiung Feng IIE (HF-2E)-land attack cruise missile system based on the HF-2
  • Hsiung Feng III (HF-3)-supersonic anti-ship missile currently in development
  • Kun Wu 1 (KW 1)-clone of the 9K11 Malyutka anti-tank missile,[5] already phased out of ROCA service
  • Kung Feng 6 (KF 6)-locally developed MLRS
  • Sky Bow I (TK-1)-surface-to-air missile system
  • Sky Bow II (TK-2)-advanced version of TK-1 with longer range and some anti-missile capability
  • Sky Bow III (TK-3)-anti-ballistic missile system (partially based on Patriot-2 technology) - in development
  • Sky Sword I (TC-1)-IR guided air-to-air missile
  • Sky Sword II (TC-2)-radar guided air-to-air missile
  • Thunderbolt-2000 (LT-2000): locally developed MLRS


Address:P.O. Box 90008,
Lungtan Taoyuan ROC (Taiwan)
Phone No:+886-3-4712201
Fax No:+886-3-4711057