Taiwan conducted a tri-services military drill yesterday to simulate a response to an air attack by Beijing.
Eight F-16 jets took off at 0530 on March 25 to simulate an intercept of aircraft flying in from the mainland. Last week, China conducted an exercise in which its warplanes approached Taiwan’s airspace at night for the first time.
“Units from all branches of the military took part in the exercises, which started at 5:30am with the F-16s scrambled to respond to a simulated attack by China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF). The air exercises were aimed at sending a message to Beijing that Taiwan would do whatever it takes to protect its sovereignty and national security,” Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense said in a statement on Monday.
On February 10, PLAAF fighters reportedly entered Taiwan’s airspace and were warned off.
The Hualien Air base conducted emergency landing drills at its backup runway as part of a scenario in which its main runway was damaged. The drills were conducted in the absence of live ammunition.
The Chief of General staff of the Taiwanese military, Shen Yi-ming, was one among eight people killed in a UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter crash that took place in the Wulai district near Taipei city, on Thursday. The chopper carrying 13 armymen enroute to Yilan district airbase crashed while attempting an emergency landing in the mountains
Taiwan has deployed some 400 locally-made "Kestrel" anti-tank missiles around key government installations to deter Chinas Peoples Liberation Army, the Military Police Command said in its annual budget report submitted to the Legislative Yuan yesterday. The Kestrel missile launcher is a disposable, shoulder-launched, single-shot system that can fire a high-explosive anti-tank warhead or a high-explosive squash head,
China's new multiple rocket launcher (MRL), with a range of 360 kilometers can fire across the Straits of Taiwan with rockets and missiles. Unveiled at the National Day Parade last month, the system has domestic and export versions with the latter having a lesser range of about 280 kilometers
Taiwans $4.56 billion project to upgrade its fleet of 142 F-16 fighters seems to be back on track with the countrys defense minister announcing completion of the refitting program within four years, previously hit by delays
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