Monday, April 23, 2012

Taiwan tests 'China invasion' scenario

Taiwan Thursday tested its ability to defend one of it largest air bases against Chinese invasion, a scenario experts insisted remained relevant in an age of missile and cyber attacks.

About 1,500 soldiers took part in the drill, part of the island's biggest annual war game "Han Kuang (Han Glory) No 28", at Hsinchu Air Base in the north of the island, home to dozens of French-made Mirage 2000-5 fighter jets.

"Radars have detected enemy aircraft approaching from across the Taiwan Strait," an officer told foreign and local journalists invited to report on the event.

As high-pitched sirens filled the air, Tien Chien I (Sky Sword) missiles were deployed and fighter jets were scrambled, as around 200 fully armed "enemy" paratroopers dropped from transport aircraft. Read More