Taiwan releases missile test video shortly after China's drill
ROC Central News Agency
Taipei, Aug. 2 (CNA) The Ministry of National Defense (MND) on Friday released a video of its recent missile tests in southern Taiwan, demonstrating the country's surface-to-air, air-to-ship, ship-to-ship, and air-to-surface capabilities, one day after China concluded a military drill near the Taiwan Strait.
In a statement on Friday, the MND said the strategic goals of active defense and multi-layer deterrence were achieved in the live-fire drill at Jiupeng Military Base in Pingtung County July 29-30.
During the exercise, a total of 117 missiles of 12 different types were tested, with a 98.1 percent accuracy rate, the ministry said.
The video, which the MND released alongside its statement, showed the launch of Sky Bow air defense missiles, HAGM-84 Harpoon missiles, MIM-104 Patriot surface-to-air missiles and the Sky Sword II air-to-air missiles.
The fire power of the projectiles was also demonstrated, as they were pictured hitting and destroying ships, in the 68-second video.
The missile tests proved that the Republic of China (Taiwan) Armed Forces, are well-trained and have reliable capabilities, Defense Minister Yen De-fa (嚴德發) was cited as saying in the statement.
The tests were conducted amid increased military activity by China, the most recent being simultaneous exercises near the Zhoushan and Dongshan islands July 28 to Aug. 1.
The two island groups, located 400 kilometers north of Taiwan and 55 km southwest of Taiwan's outlying Kinmen islands, respectively, are considered important theaters of operation in the event of an attack on Taiwan by China.
On Friday, however, the MND reiterated that the missile tests at Jiupeng Military Base were a routine exercise that is usually held in the third quarter of each year to build the conventional and asymmetric warfare capabilities of Taiwan's military.
(By Emerson Lim)
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