Drill simulates PLA landing in Penghu

‘RELIABLE’:The government will support the armed forces in reforming national defense and improving conditions for military personnel, the president said

Taipei Times
Date: May 26, 2017
By: Chen Wei-han / Staff reporter

The armed forces yesterday conducted a live-fire exercise on the Penghu islands,

Soldiers fire a Javelin missile during the 33rd annual Han Kuang military exercise in Penghu County yesterday. Photo: Fang Pin-chao, Taipei Times

concluding the main part of the 33rd annual Han Kuang military exercises, with President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) observing the drill which simulated a landing attempt by China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA).

The scenario involved a landing by the PLA, with the nation’s armed forces launching an operation to repel the attack.

The Marine Corps acting as PLA troops launched an amphibious assault, with a naval formation of Keelung-class destroyers, a Tuo Chiang-class stealth corvette and Kuang Hua VI fast-attack missile boats providing covering fire.

The air force then launched the first wave of counterattack, with a group of fighter jets firing missiles at target areas at sea, and the army mobilized attack helicopters, tanks and infantry units, and launched an artillery barrage against landing troops.

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