All of the nation’s most cutting-edge weapons systems were yesterday featured in a large-scale anti-landing drill in Pingtung County that involved all branches of the military as part of the annual Han Kuang military exercises.
The air-sea drill began at about 9am, simulating a sea invasion by China’s People’s Liberation Army with air support.
The military deployed F-16 jets and Indigenous Defense Fighters, Knox-class frigates and the Thunderbolt-2000 — a new multiple-launch rocket system — to deter the invading force.
Photo: Tsai Tsung-hsien, Taipei Times
AH-1W Cobra and AH-64E Apache attack helicopters, and CM11, CM22 and eight-wheeled CM-34 Clouded Leopard armored vehicles were also deployed.
The first appearance of the CM-34 was a highlight, as it passed testing in October last year before entering mass production.
A total of 284 of the vehicles are expected to be made in the next few years.
Photo: Tsai Tsung-hsien, Taipei Times
A military official previously said that the CM-34 has a 30mm cannon with a range of 2km, better anti-tank capabilities than the CM-32 and can fire several rounds in rapid succession.
Another highlight was a demonstration by a squad of nine female military personnel, who fired M110 203mm self-propelled guns.
The squad leader told reporters that she was extremely proud to take part in the drill.
Yesterday’s drill was meant to test the military’s asymmetric warfare capabilities due to the growing military threat from China, the Ministry of National Defense said in a statement.
Over the past few decades, Taiwan’s armed forces focused on beach landings, but that emphasis has now been broadened, because China has been developing expeditionary warfare and over-the-horizon amphibious assault capabilities that pose a threat all along Taiwan’s coastline, a source said.
The strategy shift means that the military would put greater emphasis on boosting the defensive capabilities of the air force and navy rather than making the army the priority, the source said.
The annual Han Kuang exercises are held in two stages. The first comprises computerized war simulations, while the second is a five-day live-fire exercise held around the nation.
The 35th edition of the annual drill, involving 3,000 personnel, began on Monday and ends today.
SPEEDING ELETRIC VEHICLES: Available without license requirements, the low-cost vehicles, especially if illicitly modified, can often reach a dangerous speed The government should crack down on illegal electric bicycles and scooters, the non-profit Consumers’ Foundation said on Friday, citing research on the potentially dangerous speed of the vehicles. Electric bicycles and lightweight electric scooters have gained popularity as they do not require registration and riders do not need licenses, the foundation said, adding that as many as 40 percent of them can reach speeds exceeding the legal limit of 25kph for non-licensed two-wheelers. Some consumers also purchased legal electric vehicles and modified them to reach higher speeds, it said. “If the government does not step up efforts to confiscate these
DIPLOMATIC MOVES: Beijing is reportedly pressing the state after reports of forming links with Taiwan, while the ministry is also planning to reopen its office in Guam soon A representative office is set to open in Somaliland at the end of this month, at the earliest, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said yesterday amid reports that Beijing is sending a diplomatic delegation to the east African country. The ministry on July 1 announced that Taiwan and Somaliland would establish representative offices, following a report by the Somaliland Chronicle Web site. It said at the time that the two nations did not plan to establish formal ties. Somaliland President Muse Bihi Abdi has instructed close confidants to explore the possibility of “mutual recognition between Taiwan and Somaliland,” the Somaliland Chronicle reported
A Belgian man who tested positive for COVID-19 in Taiwan last week is likely to have contracted the disease in Taipei in late June, National Taiwan University (NTU) College of Public Health vice dean Tony Chen (陳秀熙) said yesterday. The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Saturday reported that the man, who is in his 20s, came to Taiwan for work on May 3 and tested positive on Wednesday last week as he was about to depart. The man in March reported loss of taste and smell, the center said, adding that he worked in Changhua County, but visited Taipei several times,
NEW CASE REPORTED: A man who returned from South Africa on a flight with the nation’s 460th and 461st cases has now tested positive for the disease The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) yesterday said that there is no need to test all arrivals to the nation for COVID-19, a policy the Executive Yuan supports. The center reported one new imported case, bringing the nation’s tally of confirmed cases to 477. The new case is a Taiwanese man in his 60s who on July 25 returned from South Africa, said Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥), who is also the CECC’s spokesman. The man had returned to Taiwan on the same flight as cases Nos. 460 and 461, reported on July 27, Chuang said. On July 24,