Taiwan asks Apple to blur image

2012-10-09 11:23

Taipei - Taiwan is asking Apple to blur a map image of its new $1.4bn early warning radar station that can detect aircraft and missiles coming from as far as western China.

Defence Ministry spokesperson David Lo said on Tuesday that Apple should follow its rival Google in using only low-resolution satellite pictures to show sensitive facilities. He acknowledged the military should also try to camouflage them.

The 10-storey high radar installation built with US technology is expected to go online later this year. It's near the Hsinchu Air Base in northern Taiwan.

The satellite picture that can be viewed with iPhones is believed to have been taken a year ago.

Local media say the radar installation can monitor targets, determine their speeds and fire missiles to intercept them.

  • gordon.turner.37 - 2012-10-09 12:09

    as if the Chinese haven't already taken pics from their own satellites

      robbie.crouch - 2012-10-09 12:55

      Bureaucracies are not known for intelligence.

  • sugardick.dupree - 2012-10-09 13:01

    Has anyone got any info on the "technologically superior" Zimbabwean radar being built by the Chinese????

      raath - 2012-10-09 14:01

      They are almost done building it, they are just waiting for another shipment of wood...

      aj.coetzee.9 - 2012-10-09 14:59

      The Chinese also built a "superior" powerstation in Botswana that doesnt work at all. Trips the whole Bots grid every time they test. Absolute disaster. Not to spec and very embarrassing to say the least. I dont think Khama will use them again

      larry.piggott1 - 2012-10-09 17:53

      The Elastic bands rotted in the sun, so until a new service contract is signed for many millions, no more elastic bannds will be supplied.

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