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U.S. surveillance UAV makes pass over waters off eastern Taiwan: report

U.S. surveillance UAV makes pass over waters off eastern Taiwan: report

Taipei, Sept. 9 (CNA) A U.S. surveillance drone passed over waters off eastern Taiwan Tuesday, the second day of Taiwan's most important war games -- the Han Kuang series of military exercises -- a local newspaper reported Wednesday. When asked about the report, the Ministry of National Defense confirmed that it had discovered "an unknown aircraft," but pointed out that it remained outside of Taiwan's air defense identification zone (ADIZ). "We kept close tabs on the aircraft, but the Defense Ministry will not comment further on the issue," ministry spokesman Maj.Gen. Luo Shou-he (???) told local reporters. The Wednesday edition of the Chinese-language Liberty Times reported that the U.S. Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), the most advanced lonh-range UVA used in the U.S. military, was seen flying southward over the waters off eastern Taiwan. The drone was noticed when the Air Force was conducting a drill that included the C-130HE electronic warfare aircraft, the report said. Upon seeing the foreign aircraft, the military immediately dispatched two F-16 fighter jets to investigate, and identified it as a U.S. military's Global Hawk, it added. The U.S. aircraft then turned around and flew toward Okinawa, the report said. The incident came during the second stage of the "Han Kuang 31" series of military exercises taking place Sept. 7-11, simulating an attack from China. The war games include live-fire drills and see the Army, Navy and Air Force test their joint operations in the event of war. They follow computer-aided war games held in May. The Han Kuang exercises, Taiwan's most important annual war games, test the country's joint combat readiness and defense capabilities in the face of the continued military threat from China. (By Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-19 17:42 GMT+08:00