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Flight simulator, weaponry to be shown off at defense exhibit

Flight simulator, weaponry to be shown off at defense exhibit

Taipei, Aug. 14 (CNA) Civilians will be able to get a taste of what it is like to pilot an F-16 jet fighter, thanks to a flight simulator that the Ministry of National Defense will open to the public at an upcoming defense technology exhibit in Taipei. The flight simulator is just one of the items that the ministry is putting on display, including weapons and disaster relief equipment, during the Taipei Aerospace and Defense Technology Exhibition, which runs Aug. 15-18. Of the ministry's 77 exhibits, 43 have never been displayed at the show, said Maj. Gen. Art Chang, director of the Acquisition Management Division of the ministry's Armaments Bureau, during a preview tour of the exhibition hall on Wednesday. One brand new item is a mobile launcher capable of firing a Hsiung Feng III supersonic anti-ship missile from the ground. That is a first for the locally developed long-range missile, which is designed to be fired from frigates, said Chiang Wu-ying, an official with the Hsiung-Feng Program Office of the Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology. The institute is the ministry's main research and development unit. Other exhibits include models of a new combat support ship and a high-performance 500-ton boat, both of which are under construction, the Navy said. The Chung-Shan Institute will also be showcasing its latest invention, an unmanned helicopter that can be used for patrol missions. In addition to weapons, the military will be showcasing disaster relief equipment for the first time, the ministry said. On display will be portable pneumatic rope throwers used for rescues in rivers, valleys or the ocean, the ministry said. The biennial Taipei Aerospace and Defense Technology Exhibition brings together businesses from all over the world to display a range of aerospace, military and disaster-relief products. This year's show will bring more than 100 exhibitors, including U.S. defense giants Raytheon and Lockheed Martin Corp., alongside local companies like Tainan-based Geosat Informatics & Technology Co. and Aerospace Industrial Development Corp. (By Elaine Hou)