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Top military unit showcases air combat skills

ROC Central News Agency

2012/09/11 20:06:32

Taipei, Sept. 11 (CNA) An Air Force tactical fighter group, which was selected as a model military unit, showcased its combat readiness and flight skills Tuesday at an air base in Taichung.

Pilots of the 28th Tactical Fighter Group, flying Indigenous Defense Fighters (IDFs), performed a series of maneuvers such as short landings, inverted flying, rotations and slow flight.

During a media tour of the Ching Chuan Kang Air Base in the central city of Taichung, the pilots also displayed their combat readiness.

They can be in the air within five minutes of receiving an emergency deployment order, Air Force officials said as the pilots demonstrated their response. In two minutes, they can fly to the median line of the Taiwan Strait to fend off opposing forces and safeguard the country, the officials added.

The locally-made IDFs are among Taiwan's main combat aircraft, along with the French Mirage 2000-5 jet fighters and the American F-16 A/Bs.

During the tour, a maintenance unit also demonstrated the procedure for loading Tien-Chien II air-to-air medium-range missiles and Sidewinder AIM-9P-4 missiles on the IDFs in the event of war.

Over the past year, the Air Force unit has taken part in a number of activities such as an air show at National Day celebrations and a low altitude flying over a section of a highway in Pingtung, southern Taiwan.

The fighter group was chosen as a model unit for the fifth year, said Col. Michael Tung, head of the unit.

"It's our pleasure to be selected as a model military unit," Tung told the local media.

(By Elaine Hou)

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