An air force officer was taken in custody pending for the investigation of his alleged involvement of passing vital information to Communist China. This espionage case was cracked by the counter-intelligence team of the Ministry of National Defense, a unit just reinstated in this April.
The spy, a Major Hou, serving as a combat information officer attached to the 20th Electronic Warfare Group of the 439th Composite Group based in Pingtung, was found snatching hush-hush data about our E-2K airborne early warning and control aircraft to the opposite side of the Taiwan Strait, who, according to the local news report, was given NT$400,000 as reward.
The E-2Ks, a newer version of our air surveillance aircraft, commissioned in 2006, are capable to search up to 2000 targets simultaneously within a 550-km combat radius. With its Link16 tactical digital linkage system onboard, real-time communication may well be established with our F-16s in combat patrol and even with the US armed forces. Therefore, if such crucial electronic warfare reference data was compromised, the security of Asia-Pacific defense is going to be in serious trouble.