The China Post
Date: October 6, 2016
By: The China Post news staff
TAIPEI, Taiwan — The army on Wednesday called off a planned test fire of a patriot missile defense
system, after spotting a mainland Chinese coast guard vessel off the southeast shore of the outlying Orchid Island (蘭嶼).
The test had to be suspended to prevent revealing important tactical information, said the Ministry of National Defense (MND, 國防部).
The armed forces scheduled a drill off the Taitung coast to be held from Oct. 3 to 7.
The highlight of the military exercise was the firing of the Tien Kung-II air defense missile system from Jihui Fish Port (基翬漁港), which was to be intercepted by a patriot missile launched from Pingtung’s Jioupeng Military Base (九鵬基地).
The ministry said the high-precision weapons drill was among the most important exercises staged each year, and they completed all test fire missions and training Wednesday, despite the frequent interference of typhoons over the period. [FULL STORY]