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Photo of the Day: Taiwan's president trains on anti-tank weapon

Tsai taught how to operate Taiwan's Kestrel shoulder-launched weapon system

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President Tsai Ing-wen holds Kestrel anti-armor rocket launcher. 

President Tsai Ing-wen holds Kestrel anti-armor rocket launcher.  (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) visited troops from the 66th Marine Corps Brigade on Thursday (June 2) when she was introduced to the Taiwan-made Kestrel anti-armor rocket.

That morning, Tsai attended a briefing on the combat readiness, weapons, and equipment of the 66th Marine Brigade, reported CNA. Among the items demonstrated to Tsai were the Kestrel, the Javelin surface-to-air missile, dual mount Stinger, the T108 light sniper rifle, and various models of night vision goggles.

After listening to the briefing on the Kestrel system, Tsai unexpectedly picked up a Kestrel launcher, which did not have a rocket inside at the time, placed it on her shoulder, and asked how to use it. Soldiers then explained how to operate the weapon.

The media then asked her if the weapon was heavy, to which Tsai replied, "No." She explained that she was "just testing its weight," and added, "It is quite easy to operate."

Photo of the Day: Taiwan's president trains on anti-tank weapon
Soldier demonstrates Kestrel anti-armor rocket. (CNA photo)

Photo of the Day: Taiwan's president trains on anti-tank weapon
Soldiers demonstrating Javelin (front) and Stinger missiles. (CNA photo)

Photo of the Day: Taiwan's president trains on anti-tank weapon
Tsai holds up Kestrel launcher. (CNA photo)

Photo of the Day: Taiwan's president trains on anti-tank weapon
Tsai being instructed on operating Kestrel launcher. (CNA photo)

Photo of the Day: Taiwan's president trains on anti-tank weapon
Tsai examines Kestrel launcher. (CNA photo)