Taiwan’s Self-Defense Forces mobilized fighter jets and armored vehicles to conduct annual live-fire drills to deal with simulated amphibious assaults.
The five-day Han Quang exercise began on the morning of September 13 in the eastern part of the island of Taiwan, where the F-16V and Mirage 2000 fighters of the Air Self-Defense Force took off to respond to the offensive campaign to occupy the island. assumption.
In the southern city of Tainan, Taiwan’s self-defense soldiers rehearsed a situation in which they were attacked with chemical weapons. In the exercise scenario, soldiers hit by biochemical weapons are quickly taken to nearby hospitals for treatment by civilian medical staff, while the chemical defense force wearing protective gear uses equipment to clean the equipment. facilities and equipment in the field.
Several CM-32 armored personnel carriers on September 14 participated in an anti-landing exercise on the banks of the Tamsui River in Taipei City. Previously, many tanks and armored personnel carriers participated in the night tactical maneuvers in Hualien County.
Taiwan’s F-16 fighter jets are expected to practice taking off and landing on the asphalt at Pingtung, south of the island, in preparation for the situation that a nearby base is destroyed by a ballistic missile.
The Han Guang exercise has been held annually since 1984 in various areas of the island of Taiwan and some islands controlled by Taipei. During the exercise, Taiwan’s self-defense soldiers trained in missile attack response, anti-landing, electronic warfare, cyberattack and biochemical weapons countermeasures.
Taiwan Defense this year held the Han Guang exercise after the Chinese army sent 19 aircraft close to the island in early September. Experts say the Chinese military’s aircraft dispatches close to Taiwan. Simulate the campaign to capture the island. China has always considered Taiwan as a province awaiting reunification and declared its readiness to use force if necessary.
Taiwan’s Self-Defense Force adopts an asymmetric defense strategy to hold the mainland’s forces as long as possible in the event of a conflict, so that the US or other major powers can come to support.
With this strategy, Taiwan in recent years has increased the development of long-range missiles to improve defense. To Tu Van, an expert at the Institute for Security and Defense Studies on the island, said missiles are the most important part of asymmetric warfare. “They have a lower cost than fighters or battleships, and effectively increase deterrence,” To said.
Taiwan’s Defense Ministry has proposed an additional budget of 8.67 billion USD for the development and production of a series of long-range missiles. The island’s legislature is expected to consider the proposal after passing a related law on July 16.
Taiwan’s Self-Defense Forces have deployed about 6,000 missiles on the island, but most have a range of 40-200 km and are barely able to hit targets across the strait. Taiwan’s new missile law could spur development and production of medium- and long-range missiles like the Van Phong, with a range of 1,200-2,000 km.
Nguyen Tien (Follow Nikkei)