Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-Wen and the pilots of AIDC T-5 Brave Eagle, Taiwan’s first locally manufactured advanced jet trainer, in Taichung, Taiwan, June 22, 2020. © Reuters / Ann Wang
Taiwan’s armed forces carried out live-fire drills on its west coast on Thursday. The maneuvers came ahead of the main annual exercises, which will take place later this month.
The drills, in a coastal area facing the sensitive Taiwan Strait, simulated fending off an attempted landing by enemy forces, according to the Defense Ministry. Taiwan’s most modern fighter jet, the F-16V, plus Apache attack helicopters, tanks, and artillery, which fired live rounds, were involved.
The drills were aimed at improving the military’s effectiveness at “enemy annihilation on the shore” and to “prevail along the coastline” to stop an enemy invasion, the military said.
In recent months, Taiwan has complained of repeated Chinese air force patrols near the island. President Tsai Ing-wen has made boosting the country’s defenses a priority since she first won office in 2016