PAC-3 missiles deployed to east coast

PREPARED:The military is to incorporate virtual and augmented-reality training into its program, while steps have been taken to improve digital warfare capability

Taipei Times
Date: Mar 02, 2017
By: Chen Wei-han / Staff reporter

The Ministry of National Defense said Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missile

A Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) surface-to-air missile system is displayed at an unnamed military base in northern Taiwan during the Han Kuang No. 31 military exercise on June 11, 2015. Photo: Chang Chia-ming, Taipei Times

batteries have been deployed on the east coast in response to an increased Chinese military presence in the area.

To improve integrated air defense capabilities, the ministry has deployed missiles to Hualien and Taitung counties, and merged the Air Defense Missile Command with the air force to streamline the chain of command, a ministry report submitted to the Legislative Yuan said.

The reorganization and relocation was ordered after the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) conducted several long-distance naval and aviation training missions — featuring an aircraft carrier and fleets of nuclear-capable bombers — in the East China Sea, South China Sea, East Indian Ocean and western Pacific Ocean to demonstrate its long-range power projection capabilities and Beijing’s ambition to dominate the Asia-Pacific region.

Annual military exercises would test the effectiveness of the deployments, the ministry said.    [FULL  STORY]

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