Computerized war games kick off Han Kuang military exercises

05/01/2017 10:14 PM
(CNA file photo)
(CNA file photo)

Taipei, May 1 (CNA) A five-day stretch of computer-aided war games that will simulate a Chinese attack on Taiwan in 2025 opened the annual Han Kuang military exercises on Monday.

The computerized war games were staged at the Ministry of National Defense's (MND's) command center, with National Defense University playing the role of an attacker and the military following rules of engagement related to anti-air defenses, interception and defense of the country's territory.

The MND said the scenario simulates a Chinese deployment of three aircraft carriers with stealth fighters and new missiles.

The war games will focus on preserving combat capability, using information and surveillance data collected, and countering blockades and landings on Taiwan.

Military sources said the ministry has recently ordered all participants in the exercise to report at 6 a.m. and complete the mobilization at 7 a.m.

The ministry also asked all military personnel to keep the exercises they participate in confidential and follow regulations on information security.

Reports have said U.S. retired general Edward A. Rice, Jr. has led a group to Taiwan to observe the computerized war games.

The second stage of the Han Kuang military exercises, which is expected to involve live fire drills, will be held May 22-26.

The Tuo Jiang -- Taiwan's first locally built stealth missile corvette - will take part in the Han Kuang exercises for the first time. President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) will also review the military at the exercise.

(By Hsieh Chia-chen and Lilian Wu)


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