EMERGENCY RESPONSE:Major General Chen Chung-chi said units were activated as Chinese military aircraft flew near Taiwan, but he declined to say exactly which ones
Date: Dec 12, 2016
By: Chen Wei-han / Staff reporter
The Ministry of National Defense yesterday denied that it launched a multi-branch exercise on
Saturday in response to Chinese military aircraft circling the international airspace around Taiwan.
The Chinese-language Apple Daily yesterday reported that the ministry initiated the Lien Hsiang exercise by the army, navy and air force that saw the deployment of F-16 jets, Indigenous Defense Fighter jets, Keelung-class destroyers, Patriot surface-to-air missile batteries and Sky Bow missile defense units.
The Chinese aircraft reportedly flew along Taiwan’s territorial airspace before encountering Japanese F-15 planes, which launched decoy flares at the Chinese aircraft over the Miyako Strait.
The newspaper said that the Chinese airplanes left the area after Taiwan’s missile defense system locked onto them. [FULL STORY]