FORMOSA: Bird in Hand

For weeks a sleek, needle-nosed model of the Matador guided missile has stood on Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek's desk in Taipei. He genially parried questions about it. So did Vice Admiral Stuart Ingersoll, chief of the U.S. Taiwan (Formosa) Defense Command, who also had a Matador model on his desk. Last week Chiang stopped his parrying and explained: Formosa's defenses now include a Matador missile squadron, the first in the Far East.

The Matador is believed to be the latest model of "the bird," the TM-61C with a range of up to 650 miles....

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