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Taiwan’s air force conducts large-scale joint air defense drills

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In the early hours of Thursday, Taiwan’s Air Force conducted substantial air defense exercises designed to prepare for potential threats from China. These exercises ran from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. to avoid civilian air traffic disruptions.

The drills were part of Taiwan’s scheduled quarterly joint air defense exercises, featuring the country’s leading fighter jets, such as the Indigenous Defense Fighters (IDF), Mirage 2000-5s, and F-16Vs.

One specific drill involved Taiwan’s aircraft simulating People’s Liberation Army planes flying near Taipei to gauge the armed forces’ readiness. Besides the fighter jets, the drills also included C-130H military transport aircraft and AH-64E Apache attack helicopters operated by the Army Aviation and Special Forces Command.

Various tactical and composite wings within the Air Force participated, showing a broad level of involvement. These drills tested several military and civil air defense systems, including Tien Kung missiles, Patriot missiles, and anti-aircraft cannons.

The exercises also proved critical for testing joint combat command systems and the coordination between military air defense weapons and intelligence units.

By incorporating realistic training scenarios, the Air Force aimed to ensure preparedness for the evolving complexities of modern warfare’s multilayered battlefields.

The Air Force emphasized its commitment to ongoing rigorous training to counteract threats from regional shifts in military dynamics.

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