09 Nov '11, 7am

Taiwan drill to simulate China invasion

Taiwan drill to simulate China invasion

TAIPEI: Taiwan will conduct war games next week simulating the defence of the island against an attack by China, officials said Wednesday, in drills drawing on US military experience in the two Gulf wars. The five-day drill beginning Monday will pit a marine brigade -- acting as a mock enemy -- against a motorised infantry brigade defending the island, the defence ministry said. The marines will land in the southern Pingtung county and encounter the infantry in central Taiwan, it said. Special combat units, supported with AH-1W SuperCobra attack helicopters and OH-58D Kiowa Warrior scout helicopters, will back up the infantry who will use a road as an improvised runway for air force fighter jets, it said. "Such a tactic has been proved fruitful by the US forces during the two Gulf Wars," Army Major General Hau Yi-chih told reporters. Ties between Taipei and Beijing have im...

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