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Annual Han Kuang live-fire drills simulating China attack kick off

2015/09/07 21:15:07

Photo courtesy of Military News Agency

Taipei, Sept. 7 (CNA) The live-fire drills of Taiwan's annual Han Kuang military exercises kicked off Monday, simulating an attack from China.

President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), in his capacity as commander of the Armed Forces of the nation, inspected the soldiers who participated in the second stage of the "Han Kuang 31" series of exercises at a military base in northern Hsinchu County.

The war games, which will run through Sept. 11, are taking place on Taiwan proper and on the country's outlying islands and will see the Army, Navy and Air Force test their joint operations in the event of war. They follow computer-aided war games held in May.

There will be more drills this year than last year, according to Maj. Gen. Zhong Shu-ming (鍾樹明), director of the Ministry of National Defense's Joint Operation Division.

The Navy will add five drills and the Air Force will have six more, with the participation of 69 more aircraft, Zhong said.

New weapon systems will also be deployed in the war games, he added.

These will include P-3C sub-hunting aircraft; the Tuo Jiang (沱江), the country's first locally designed stealth missile corvette; the Pan Shi (磐石), a locally developed supply vessel; the Cloud Leopard armored vehicle; and unmanned aerial vehicles, he revealed.

These exercises are Taiwan's most important annual war games and are aimed at testing the country's joint combat readiness and defense capabilities in the face of the continued military threat from China.

(By Lu Hsin-hui and Romulo Huang)
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