Navy holds live-fire bombing drill off eastern Taiwan

Focus Taiwan
Date: 07/01/2020
By: Matt You and Evelyn Kao

A F-16 fighter jet takes off from Hualien Wednesday. Photo courtesy of a CNA reader.

Taipei, July 1 (CNA) A fleet of F-16 fighter jets, carrying live MK-84 general purpose bombs, departed from Hualien Jiashan Air Base on Wednesday in a drill that simulated bombing enemy ships.

The bombs were dropped in the sea off the eastern coast of Taiwan in a simulated attack on enemy ships seeking to reach the shore.

The MK-84, an American general-purpose bomb, is the most powerful in the MK-80 series and is highly destructive. With a nominal weight of 907.2 kilograms, it is nicknamed the hammer because of its considerable power.

On impact, the MK-84 can blow apart buildings and other structures. It can penetrate metal up to 38 centimeters and concrete up to 3.4 meters, depending on the height from which it is dropped, and it causes lethal fragmentation across a radius of 370m.    [FULL  STORY]

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