Wed, Jan 16, 2013 - Page 3 News List

Military announces exercise plans

By Rich Chang  /  Staff reporter

Landing craft and M60A3 Patton tanks take part in a beach landing exercise in Pingtung County during the annual Han Kuang drills on April 19 last year.

Photo: Chang Chung-i, Taipei Times

The military yesterday announced its main exercise plans for this year, saying it would emphasize joint operations given the rising military threat from China.

Major General Lee Chao-ming (李兆明) of the Office of the Deputy Chief of the General Staff for Operations and Planning told a press conference that the military proposed 62 exercises and training events for this year.

The proposal was decided by an examination of the enemy’s situation, strategic principles and combat requirements, he said

Lee said three live-fire drills would be conducted by the Sixth, Eighth and Tenth Army Corps, involving ground-to-air, air-to-air and air-to-surface missiles.

Mountainous terrain training would be conducted by special forces in March and November.

Joint exercises will include a joint navy and air force drill and a confrontation competition by various brigades.

Anti-submarine tests and anti-water mine tests would be held once this year, he added.

There will also be one airdrop and aerial delivery operation.

Joint armed forces operations include four joined air defense training operations. Joint electronic drills will be held twice, as will joint amphibious landing exercises.

Lee said a joint parachuting and anti-parachuting drill would be conducted once. A joint live-fire attacking drill will be held involving six land brigades.

The general said the annual Han Kuang military exercises would take place in April.

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