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Han Kuang to simulate Chinese attack

Staff writer, with CNA

Republic of China Navy missile corvette Tuo Jiang, left, and supply vessel Pan Shi are berthed in Kaohsiung’s Tsoying harbor on March 31.

Photo: Chang Chung-i, Taipei Times

The second stage of the “Han Kuang 31” military exercises are to be held from Sept. 7 to Sept. 11 on Taiwan proper and on outlying islands, simulating an attack from China, the Ministry of National Defense said yesterday.

The war games, which are to include live-fire drills, will see the army, navy and air force test their joint operations in the event of war, the ministry said.

Next month’s exercises follow the stage one computer-aided war games held in May.

Major General Chung Shu-ming (鍾樹明), director of the ministry’s Joint Operation Division, said there would be more drills this year than last year.

“The navy will add five drills and the air force will have six more, with the participation of 69 additional aircraft,” Chung said.

New weapon systems will also be deployed, including P-3C marine patrol aircraft; the Tuo Jiang, the nation’s first indigenously designed stealth missile corvette; the Pan Shi, a locally developed supply vessel; the Cloud Leopard armored vehicle; and remote-controlled aerial vehicles, he said.

The exercises are the nation’s foremost annual war games.

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