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Air Force displays combat readiness ahead of Lunar New Year
Central News Agency
2014-01-13 01:50 PM
Taipei, Jan. 13 (CNA) The Air Force demonstrated its defense capabilities Monday, during a drill at an air base in central Taiwan, showing its combat readiness ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday that starts this month. During a media tour at Ching Chuan Kang air base in Taichung, 427th Tactical Fighter Wing pilots gave a display of emergency takeoffs in four locally developed Indigenous Defense Fighter (IDF) jets.

This was followed by a simulated attack on the air base's runway, where the IDF jet fighters usually take off and land. A range of military vehicles and equipment was immediately mobilized and deployed to clean up and repair the "damaged"area so that the fighters could use the runway again as soon as possible. The ability to repair a damaged runway is key to defending Taiwan against attacks by Chinese forces, the Air Force said. In the event of a war across the Taiwan Strait, the Chinese military would likely attack Taiwan's air bases first to hinder Taiwan's combat abilities, the Air Force said. It is very important, therefore, that Taiwan's Air Force remains highly capable of repairing its runways in a shortest possible time, it said. Monday's drill was designed to highlight the military's efforts to stay alert and maintain combat readiness ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday that starts Jan. 30. Meanwhile, as part of the efforts to strengthen Taiwan's air defense, the IDF fleet at Ching Chuan Kang air base will implement an upgraded program later this year, said Maj. Gen. Wang Tan-hu, head of the 427th Tactical Fighter Wing. (By Elaine Hou)

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