China’s tanks ‘court death’ from Taiwan’s Kestrel rockets: General

Taiwan's elevated highways can be used like 'Atlantic Wall' to halt PLA tanks in their tracks

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/12/21
By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Kestrel rocket hitting tank. (NCSIST photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — In response to a video released by China's state-run media showing the People's Liberation Army (PLA) tanks "successfully defeating" Taiwanese forces in a mock urban battle, a retired general says that such a tactic would "court death" at the hands of Taiwan's anti-tank rockets.

On Dec. 13, China's state-run mouthpiece CCTV posted a video showing a recent exercise in which PLA Type 96A main battle tanks and Type 04 infantry fighting vehicles crushed a smaller defending force in a simulated urban environment, indicating that this would the next swift phase of victory after successfully landing on Taiwan's shores. In the war games, a unit with red markers entered the faux fray with 230 troops and 30 tanks, representing the PLA, against a defending force in blue consisting of 70 men and six tanks, symbolizing Taiwanese defense forces.

According to CCTV, although the blue team had the advantage of the knowledge of the local terrain, the red team had the advantage in terms of firepower and manpower. Thus, with the outcome already predetermined, the red forces "crushed" their blue opponents within only three hours.    [FULL  STORY]

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