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Han Kuang exercises set for May, September

Han Kuang exercises set for May, September

Taipei, March 10 (CNA) Taiwan will stage the annual Han Kuang series of military exercises, the country's most important war games, in May and in September, and will include various weapons systems it acquired recently, a defense official said Tuesday. The "Han Kuang No. 31" exercises will be held in two stages to test the military's combat readiness in the face of China's military threat, said Maj. Gen. Zhong Shu-ming (???), director of the Ministry of National Defense's Joint Operation Division. The first half of the exercises will consist of five days of computer-aided war games starting May 4 that will focus on electronic warfare and cyber attacks and defense, Zhong said at a news briefing. Following the computer-aided war games, the military will hold "real soldier" exercises from Sept. 7 to 11 on Taiwan proper and on the country's outlying islands and will include some live-fire drills, he said. Asked about the new weapons systems to be deployed in the Han Kuang exercises, Zhong said AH-64E Apache attack helicopters, UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters and P-3C sub-hunting aircraft will be included. Taiwan recently took delivery of the Apaches, the Black Hawks and the P-3Cs from the United States. "Locally developed weapons systems that will be used in the drills include the Tuo Jiang (??) and the Pan Shi (??)," he said. The Tuo Jiang is the country's first locally designed stealth missile corvette and the Pan Shi is a locally developed supply vessel. In the face of China's military threat, the military will continue its efforts to maintain adequate defense capabilities to safeguard the country, in line with a concept of innovative, asymmetric warfare, Zhong said. (By Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-24 02:57 GMT+08:00