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Taiwan military stages joint anti-landing drill

2019/01/17 16:48:50

Taipei, Jan. 17 (CNA) The Republic of China military staged a joint forces anti-landing drill in Taichung Thursday, in a simulation aimed at eliminating invading Chinese forces as they attempted to land on a beach.

Braving low temperatures and drizzle, about 1,000 soldiers took part in the war games on Jianan (甲南) Beach in central Taiwan, as makeshift Chinese forces tried to establish a beachhead from which to attack other parts of the country.

According to the fifth theater, aircraft, including Apache attack helicopters and locally developed IDF jet fighters, were first dispatched to attack the enemy forces trying to land in the targeted area shortly after a Cardinal unmanned aerial vehicle spotted them.

On the ground, the Thunderbolt-2000, a wheeled MLRS (multiple launch rocket system), and self-propelled artillery were deployed to counter the invading Chinese troops on the beach.

Rocket mortars, CM-33 armored infantry fighting vehicles, M109A6 self-propelled guns and M60A3 tanks and sniper rifles were then mobilized to successfully mop up the invading forces amid fire, smoke and ongoing bombardments.

Life-sized inflatable M60A3 fighting vehicles, as well as an M-41D light tank sand eight-wheeled Taiwan infantry fighting vehicles made of wood plates, were also deployed in the war games to deceive aerial reconnaissance by the "enemy air force."

It took only 10 minutes to position the inflatable M60A3 fighting vehicles, which were built by the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology and featured in a drill for the first time.

(By You Kai-hsiang and Flor Wang)