TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- On this Facebook page today (Aug. 2), the Ministry of National Defense released a highlight video showing some of the 117 missiles launched during two days of live-fire exercises that took place earlier this week and coincided with China's war games across the Taiwan Strait that wrap up today.
Ministry of National Defense (MND) Deputy Chief of Staff Li Chao-ming (李兆明) said at a press conference on Tuesday (July 30) that a total 117 missiles of 12 different types were fired over the course of two days of live-fire exercises from the Jiupeng Military Base in Pingtung County, reported CNA. On Tuesday alone, 41 missiles of seven different types were fired, with an accuracy rate of 95.1 percent.
Today, on its Facebook page Military Spokesman, the Ministry of National Defense released a video showing a number of missiles launched by land, air, and sea forces. It also featured successful direct hits scored by AGM-84 Harpoon missiles on decommissioned landing ships fired from F-16 fighter jets.
The shooting range of the drills extended 250 kilometers out to sea. According to units taking part in the exercises, the weapons employed were similar to those used at the annual Han Kuang Exercises (漢光演習).
Anti-aircraft missile being fired. (Ministry of National Defense photo)
The Han Kuang drill included the use of precision medium and long-range missile systems such as the Sky Bow I and Sky Bow II air defense missiles and Hsiung Feng III anti-ship missiles, reported CNA. Li said the exercises were divided into five training modes: ground-to-air, air-to-air, air-to-ship, ship-to-ship and air-to-ground, and included the use of fighter jets and warships.
Li said the number of missiles used this year exceeded that of last year's drill, but he declined to list the specific weapons deployed in the exercise. He said that Tuesday's 41 missiles included ground-to-air, ship-to-ship, and air-to-air missions.
On Monday (July 29), Taiwan’s Air Force dispatched two F-16 Fighter jets armed with AGM-84 Harpoon missiles to simulate an attack on high-value maritime targets off Taiwan’s southeast coast. Decommissioned landing ships were used as targets.
Launch of Patriot II missile. (Ministry of National Defense photo)
Meanwhile, in the Taiwan Strait, China’s navy began a week of military drills on Sunday (July 28) near Fujian's Dongshan Island and Zhejiang's Zhoushan Islands. The exercises will finish today at 6 p.m., according to China’s Guangdong Maritime Bureau.