Han Kuang Tamsui River, critical infrastructure defense drills held
Taipei, Sept. 14 (CNA) A second day of annual Han Kuang military exercises was held across Taiwan Tuesday, featuring anti-amphibious landing and critical infrastructure defense drills in the north and nighttime armored vehicle maneuvers in the east, to test Taiwan's ability to repel a Chinese invasion.
In response to a mock assault, with the enemy planning to attack key telecommunications facilities in Taipei, Military Police in the Dazhi area were dispatched around midnight Tuesday.
The troops passed through downtown Zhongshan North Road and arrived at the telecommunication facilities in Shilin District's Shipai area in "Clouded Leopard" eight-wheel armored vehicles, where they deployed to protect key infrastructure.
At New Taipei's Tamsui River, the Sixth Army Corps Guandu Command, which is responsible for defending the river, also deployed "Clouded Leopard" vehicles in a simulated defense against invading Chinese forces.
The drill was intended to test the military's capability at guarding the critical strategic location and gateway to Taipei, the nation's capital.
Meanwhile, in eastern Taiwan, the Army's Huadong Defense Command responsible for defending Hualien and Taitung mobilized 24 armored vehicles, including M60A3 tanks and Humvees, to conduct nighttime tactical maneuvers at around 4 a.m. Tuesday.
The military vehicles transported personnel and equipment to designated tactical positions near Hualien Air Base so they could form a defensive line to eliminate enemy troops expected to invade the country from the east.
The Han Kuang exercises, Taiwan's major war games involve all branches of the military, have been held annually since 1984 in the form of live-fire drills and computerized war games.
This year's tabletop drills were held from April 23-30. The live-fire exercises were originally scheduled to start on July 12 and run for five days.
However, following a surge in domestically-transmitted COVID-19 cases in mid-May, the military decided to postpone the live-fire drills and rescheduled them to be held from Sept. 13-17.
The scope of the annual drill has also been scaled down as part of nationwide effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus disease.
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