Taipei/New Delhi (NVI): Apprehending invasion by China, Taiwan is making military preparations to counter the threat and has held a large-scale anti-landing drill simulating its response in this regard.
The Taiwanese military held the exercise in central Taichung City on Thursday, in a live-fire rehearsal ahead of the annual Han Kuang military exercises, according to Taiwan’s Central News Agency (CNA).
The drill featuring the nation’s armed forces using major weapon systems to respond to a simulation of a Chinese invasion by sea was staged at Jianan Beach at the mouth of Dajia River in central Taiwan.
The exercise involved participation of F-16 fighter jets as well as Taiwan’s Indigenous Defence Fighters (IDFs), Knox-class frigates and the Thunderbolt-2000 artillery multiple launch rocket systems to deter the invading force.
AH-1W Cobra, AH-64E Apache and OH-58D helicopters also took part along with M60A3 tanks, CM-34 Clouded Leopard eight-wheeled armoured vehicles and a number of self-propelled Howitzer artillery, the CNA said quoting the Defence Ministry.
Thursday’s exercises were staged as a rehearsal for the official drill which will take place at the same location on July 16, as part of the five-day live-fire Han Kuang exercises, Taiwan’s most important annual war games.
The exercise this time assumes added significance as Taiwan is apprehending an invasion by China in the near future.