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Han Kuang exercises to include use of civilian planes: official
Central News Agency
2014-09-02 02:15 PM
Taipei, Sept. 2 (CNA) The annual Han Kuang series of exercises later this month will include the use of civilian planes for the first time, a military official said Tuesday. The five-day exercises, set to begin Sept. 15 all around Taiwan, include drills centering on military personnel, equipment and aircraft to test the armed forces' joint combat capabilities in the event of attacks by China, said Rear Adm. Mei Chia-shu, at a news conference. This year will also include drills on cyber warfare to test the military's abilities to restore downed facilities, while another drill will involve civilian planes in wartime, he said. That will involve several civilian planes taking soldiers from Kaohsiung to the outlying island county of Penghu, according to a military source. Meanwhile, live-fire drills will be held in waters off eastern and southern Taiwan and south of Penghu to test defensive capabilities, Mei said. The five-day exercise is part of the second stage of the "Han Kuang 30," scheduled for Sept. 15-19, said ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Luo Shou-he. It follows computer-aided war games this past May. The annual Han Kuang exercises, Taiwan's most important war games, test the combat capabilities of the Air Force, Navy and Army in the face of a continued military threat from China. (By Elaine Hou)
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