Taiwan concludes Han Kuang exercises that simulated China attack

Taipei, Sept. 11 (CNA) Taiwan successfully concluded its most important war games, the annual Han Kuang series of military exercises, which this year simulated an attack by China, the Ministry of National Defense said Friday.
"The drills have achieved the goal of the training," the ministry said of the exercises, which were staged on Taiwan proper and on its outlying islands from Monday to Friday. Through simulating various scenarios of a Chinese attack, the drills "were aimed at testing the military's combat capabilities and testing the effectiveness of military mobilization, in an effort to bolster the country's overall combat capabilities," it said. As the second part of the Han Kuang military exercises, the five-days of maneuvers saw the Army, Navy and Air Force test their joint operations in the face of a simulated military threat from China. They followed computer-aided war games held in May. One of the drills was held on the outlying island of Kinmen, which lies just a few kilometers off the coast of southeastern China, and simulated an attack by enemy forces on a group of Taiwanese naval supply vessels heading toward the island. The military's artillery and mortar units were deployed to fend off the "opposing forces" and protect the Taiwanese ships. The live-fire drills included an anti-amphibious landing exercise Thursday that simulated an attempt by Chinese forces to land on the shores of Hsinchu in northern Taiwan. It incorporated 18 8-inch M110 self-propelled howitzers and 20 M109 self-propelled 155mm howitzers. A total of 304 shells were fired during the drill to fend off enemy ships attempting to make a landing. Other drills included an amphibious landing drill held in Pingtung County and an airborne exercise in Taichung, in which a C-130 transport plane delivered military hummers at Ching Chuan Kang Air Base. Some of Taiwan's most advanced weapons systems were also deployed in the war games, according to the ministry. They included P-3C sub-hunting aircraft; the AH-64E Apache attack helicopter; the Tuo Jiang (??), the country's first locally designed stealth missile corvette; the Pan Shi (??), a locally developed supply vessel; the Cloud Leopard armored vehicle; and unmanned aerial vehicles, it said. (By Elaine Hou)