Taiwan’s military test fired 19 missiles during a live fire exercise on Tuesday but six of the weapons, including three U.S.-made Sparrows, missed several targets disappointing President Ma Ying-jeou.
The 68 percent hit rate prompted Ma to demand an explanation from the military while the Ministry of Defense said it will contact the U.S. manufacturer.
The missile test was conducted with media members watching, in response to China’s successful test flight of its locally-made stealth fighter jets last week. The test was conducted at Taiwan’s southern military base in Jiupeng and was supposed to help deter any Chinese aerial intrusion to the island.
Opposition lawmaker Tsai Huang-liang was also disappointed over the test.