Simulated attack by China's aircraft carrier part of Han Kuang drills
Central News Agency
2014-04-22 09:12 PM
Taipei, April 22 (CNA) Taiwan is set to include an attack by China's first aircraft carrier in computer-aided war games next month as part of the annual Han Kuang series of military exercises, a defense official said Tuesday. The military is scheduled to hold a five-day war game May 19-23 to test its joint-force combat readiness amid a growing threat from China, the Ministry of National Defense said. The computerized drills will include the deployment of China's aircraft carrier in a simulated full attack by Chinese forces on Taiwan in 2015, the official said. China has already commissioned its first aircraft carrier, the "Liaoning." The "Liaoning" was rebuilt from the former Soviet vessel the "Varyag" and underwent years of refitting to install engines and weapons, as well as year-long sea trials, according to China's Xinhua news agency. As usual, senior retired U.S. military officials and officers will visit Taiwan to observe the war games when they take place in May. The exercises will also include Taiwan's recently acquired weapons, including U.S.-made AH-64E Apache attack helicopters, P-3C submarine-hunting aircraft and the locally developed Thunderbolt-2000 artillery multiple-launch rocket system, according to the ministry. Following the computerized drills, another five-day drills will be staged in September as the second part of the Han Kuang 30 exercises, which will include fighter jets practicing emergency landings and takeoffs on a specially adapted section of a freeway in southern Taiwan. The Han Kuang exercises are Taiwan's most important war games and involve the Army, Air Force and Navy. (By Claudia Liu and Elaine Hou)
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