Radio Taiwan International
Date: 15 January, 2020
By: Leslie Liao
When the alarm starts ringing, the timer begins. Pilots rush out of the guardroom, equipment in hand, and make a beeline for their fighter jets. These F-16s only have six minutes to get off the ground and intercept any threat that might be coming Taiwan’s way.
Luckily, no one is attacking this time. This is just a defense drill to make sure military capabilities don’t slack over the Lunar New Year.
Last March, a People’s Liberation Army fighter traversed the Taiwan Strait’s median line. Yen Xiang-sheng was the pilot on duty who intercepted the jet. He says he’s intercepted his share of PLA aircraft — from bombers to fighters. [FULL STORY]