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Taiwan tests indigenous radar system during military exercise

2015/09/10 17:01:24

Taipei, Sept. 10 (CNA) A radar system developed by Taiwan's National Chung-shan Institute of Science and Technology was deployed for the first time Thursday during the country's annual Han Kuang military exercise.

The Point Defense Array Radar System (PODARS) was used during a drill by artillery troops and the Army's 542nd Tank Brigade, which involved medium- and long-range fire.

On the fourth day of the exercise, the military simulated an attack from the sea, with artillery forces fighting to repel a landing attempt on the shores of Hsinchu in northern Taiwan.

The PODARS was deployed near the position of the artillery forces, in tandem with Avenger Anti-aircraft missile launchers, according to a military spokesman.

The locally developed radar system was first introduced to the public on July 4 during a display that featured Taiwan's national defense capability.

Its deployment during Thursday's military exercise was the first time it was put into operation.

The Army has acquired 14 units of PODARS at a total cost of NT$6.165 billion (approximately US$188.5 million), the spokesman said.

The five-day Han Kuang 31 military exercise will conclude Friday.

(By H.H. Lu and Lillian Lin)