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Second stage of Han Kuang exercises set for Sept. 7-11

ROC Central News Agency

2015/08/18 15:35:33

Taipei, Aug. 18 (CNA) The second stage of the "Han Kuang 31" series of military exercises will be held from Sept. 7 to 11 on Taiwan proper and on the country's outlying islands and will simulate an attack from China, the Ministry of National Defense said Tuesday.

The war games, which will include some live-fire drills, will see the Army, Navy and Air Force test their joint operations in the event of war. They follow computer-aided war games held in May.

Maj. Gen. Zhong Shu-ming (鍾樹明), director of the Ministry of National Defense's Joint Operation Division, said there will 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 more aircraft, Zhong said.

New weapon systems will also be deployed in the war games, he said.

These will include P-3C sub-hunting aircraft; the Tuo Jiang (沱江), the country's first locally designed stealth missile corvette; the Pan Shi (磐石), a locally developed supply vessel; the Cloud Leopard armored vehicle; and unmanned aerial vehicles, he said.

The Han Kuang exercises, Taiwan's most important annual war games, test the country's joint combat readiness and defense capabilities in the face of continued military threat from China.

(By Claudia Liu and Y.F. Low)

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