World Taiwan lands fighters on highway as annual drills reach peak

03:45  15 september  2021
03:45  15 september  2021 Source:   reuters.com

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TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwanese fighter jets landed on a makeshift runway on a highway strip on Wednesday overseen by President Tsai Ing-wen as annual drills reached their peak, skills that would be needed in the event China attacks and targets Taiwan's vulnerable air bases.

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Three fighters - an F-16, French-made Mirage and a Ching-kuo Indigenous Defence Fighter - plus an E-2 Hawkeye early warning aircraft landed in rural southern Pingtung county on a highway strip specially designed to be straight and flat for rapid conversion from a road into a runway.

Taiwan has five emergency highway runways across the island which can be pressed into service in the event a Chinese attack takes out air force bases, meaning the air force will still be able to operate.

The majority of Taiwan's air bases are on its flat west coast, facing China, and would likely come under almost immediate heavy missile and aerial bombardment in case of war.

Taiwan's mountainous east coast is home to two other air bases, with hangers hewn deep into the rock, providing much more solid protection.

The week-long Han Kuang drills are taking place around Taiwan, with other exercises to practise repelling a Chinese invasion, protecting critical infrastructure and night operations, though the highway drills are the most dramatic.

Taiwan's air force scrambles on an almost daily basis to intercept Chinese aircraft that fly into the island's air defence zone, mostly close to the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands at the top part of the South China Sea.

(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Stephen Coates)

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People's Liberation Army spokesperson said warplanes and warships were deployed around southern Taiwan for a combined arms exercise on Tuesday.Shi Yi, a spokesperson for the PLA's Eastern Theater Command, said Chinese forces took part in "live-fire assault" drills, among other training activities, in the seas and skies off southwest and southeast Taiwan.

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