Ministry mulls purchase of additional 300 Stingers

JETS AND HELICOPTERSThe PLA has reportedly enacted decapitation strike military drills against Taiwan, a strategy used to remove the leader of a hostile opposition in war

Taipei Times
Date: May 21, 2017
By: Lo Tien-pin and Jake Chung / Staff reporter, with staff writer

The Ministry of National Defense is considering asking the US for an additional 300

US soldiers fire a Stinger missile in an undisclosed location in undated photograph. x Screen grab from the US Navy Web site

Block I-92 Stinger missiles, citing growing threats from Chinese jets and armed helicopters, an anonymous ministry source said yesterday.

Han Kuang military exercises in the past two years have shown that the Chinese People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) rapid upgrades to jets and armed helicopters have increased the threat to Taiwanese armed forces.

The ministry said that it was mulling options to upgrade the anti-aircraft capabilities of all armed forces, and equipping brigade-strength units with shoulder-launched missiles was one of the options discussed.    [FULL  STORY]

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