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Taiwan holds war drill to thwart Chinese invasion

Taiwan sharpens defense against Chinese amphibious landing with live-fire drill

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Taiwan holds war drill to thwart Chinese invasion

(CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Taiwan's military on Thursday (Jan. 17) held a large-scale anti-amphibious landing exercise on its west coast as tensions mount between Taipei and Beijing, reported CNA.

The live-fire drill, titled "Anti-Landing Operations" simulated the repelling of an attempted amphibious landing by the PLA on Jianan (甲南) Beach in western Taiwan. During the early morning drill, the Ministry of National Defense deployed naval, air, and ground forces to the virtual battlefield.

Braving rain and cold temperatures, about 1,000 soldiers were deployed at 5 a.m. after a Cardinal II UAV spotted mock PLA forces from forming a beachhead. Apache attack helicopters and locally made IDF jet fighters were then rapidly dispatched to hammer PLA forces trying to make a landing.

Taiwan holds war drill to thwart Chinese invasion
Apache attack helicopter firing missiles. (CNA image)

From the ground Thunderbolt 2000 missiles and M110A2 self-propelled howitzers were fired with great effect at Chinese forces massing on the beach. Next, rocket mortars, CM-33 armored infantry fighting vehicles, M109A6 self-propelled guns and M60A3 tanks, and sniper rifles delivered a coup de grâce to the tattered remnants of PLA fores trying to flee the hellish scene.

Of note, the Military News Agency utilized a high-speed camera to capture the Thunderbolt-2000 MLRS (multiple launch rocket system) in action. This was the first time images of the system in action during a military exercise had been released to the public.

Taiwan holds war drill to thwart Chinese invasion
Mirage fighter jets take off from Hsinchu Air Base. (CNA image)

Taiwan holds war drill to thwart Chinese invasion
Sniper takes aim. (AP photo)

Taiwan holds war drill to thwart Chinese invasion
M60A3 tanks. (AP photo)

Taiwan holds war drill to thwart Chinese invasion
M110A2 self-propelled howitzers. (Image from Military News Agency)

Taiwan holds war drill to thwart Chinese invasion
M60A3 tank firing. (CNA image)

Taiwan holds war drill to thwart Chinese invasion
Thunderbolt 2000 in action. (CNA image)

Taiwan holds war drill to thwart Chinese invasion
Thunderbolt 2000 in action. (Image from Military News Agency)

Videos of yesterday's live-fire drill released by Military News Agency:


Updated : 2022-01-25 05:15 GMT+08:00

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