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Taiwanese army held a major missile drill but several misses spoiled the exercise 1801115.


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Defense News - Taiwan
 

Tuesday , January 18, 2011, 17:31 PM

 
Taiwanese army held a major missile drill, but several misses spoiled the exercise.
 
 
CHIUPENG, Taiwan — Taiwanese army held a major missile drill Tuesday just days after rival China unveiled an aircraft that uses stealth technology, but several misses spoiled the exercise.
     
Taiwanese army held a major missile drill Tuesday just days after rival China unveiled an aircraft that uses stealth technology, but several misses spoiled the exercise.
Taiwan Hsiung Feng III anti-ship missile Taiwanese army
     

Before an audience that included President Ma Ying-jeou, five out of 19 missiles failed to hit their targets at the Chiupeng military base in the island's south. A sixth found its target, but did not explode.
"It's within our predictions, but of course there's room for improvement," said air force Lieutenant General Pan Kung-hsiao, when asked to comment about the missiles that went astray.

Ma, however, was less forgiving, telling journalists that the military should get to the bottom of the failures.

"I'm not very satisfied," Ma said. "Some missiles missed the targets, and we need to review whether these errors were mechanical or human. We also need to hold more drills to boost military capabilities."

It was meant to signal Taiwan's defence capabilities to the island's own public just days after China unveiled the J-20, an aircraft that uses stealth technology to avoid radar detection, according to analysts.

"Taiwan wants to reassure its people at a time when China keeps developing advanced weapons such as the J-20," said Edward Chen, a political scientist at Tamkang University's Graduate Institute of American Studies.

China and Taiwan have been governed separately since the end of a civil war in 1949, but Beijing considers the island part of its territory, and has never renounced the possible use of force to get it back.

 
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