Air­craft to fea­ture at dis­play mark­ing WWII victory

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY JOSEPH YEH

Some re­cently ac­quired mil­i­tary air­craft will be fea­tured at an up­com­ing public mil­i­tary dis­play to com­mem­o­rate the 70th an­niver­sary of the R.O.C.’s victory over Ja­pan in the Sec­ond Sino-Ja­panese War, the Min­istry of Na­tional De­fense (MND) an­nounced yes­ter­day.

The AH-64E Apache attack he­li­copters, UH-60M Black Hawk he­li­copters, P-3C sub­ma­rine-hunt­ing air­craft, EC225 Su­per Puma he­li­copters and PAC-3 mis­sile sys­tems will be join­ing a public dis­play to be staged on July 4 to show­case mil­i­tary ca­pa­bil­i­ties, Maj. Gen. Chung Shu-ming ( ) of the MND said yes­ter­day.

Other than th­ese air­craft and he­li­copters Tai­wan ac­quired from the U.S. in re­cent years, Chung said weapons sys­tems de­vel­oped in­dige­nously, in­clud­ing Un­manned Air­craft Sys­tems, Hsi­ung Feng III “Brave Wind” sur­face-to-sur­face su­per­sonic anti-ship mis­siles and CM-32 Clouded Leop­ard eightwheeled ar­mored ve­hi­cles will also par­tic­i­pate in the public dis­play to be staged at a mil­i­tary pa­rade ground in Hs­inchu County.

Chung made the com­ments dur­ing a news brief­ing to make public more de­tails of the planned mil­i­tary show­case to com­mem­o­rate the 70th an­niver­sary of the R.O.C.’s victory over Ja­pan in the Sec­ond Si­noJa­panese War.

Speak­ing dur­ing the brief­ing, Chung said the public dis­play is meant to com­mem­o­rate and honor R.O.C. sol­diers’ con­tri­bu­tions to the coun­try and its tri­umph in the war that lasted from 1937 to 1945.

As part of the cel­e­bra­tions, Chung said the MND has in­vited vet­er­ans who par­tic­i­pated the eight-year war to join a pa­rade that will be staged dur­ing the up­com­ing event.

Repli­cas of P-40 fighter jets that were used by mem­bers of the Chi­nese-Amer­i­can Com­pos­ite Wing dur­ing World War II and other weapons used dur­ing the great war will also fea­ture at the event, he said.

Also, the back­bone of the R.O.C. Air Force, in­clud­ing In­dige­nous De­fense Fighters (IDFs), F-16A/Bs, Mi­rage 2000s, OH-58D scout he­li­copters, AH-1W Su­per Co­bra attack he­li­copters and CH-47 Chi­nook trans­port he­li­copters, as well as E-2K air­borne early warn­ing air­craft and C-130 trans­port air­craft, will take part in the dis­play.

The MND pre­vi­ously said it will in­vite Pres­i­dent Ma Ying-jeou to pre­side over the event.

China al­ready an­nounced that it will also hold a mil­i­tary pa­rade this year to mark the 70th an­niver­sary of the end of World War II, and in­vite the lead­ers of ma­jor coun­tries in­volved in the war to at­tend.

Law­mak­ers have been call­ing on Tai­wan to hold sim­i­lar cel­e­bra­tions or it could lose the battle over whether his­tory re­gards the KMT na­tion­al­ist R.O.C. gov­ern­ment or the Chi­nese com­mu­nists as con­tribut­ing more to the de­feat of Ja­pan in World War II.

The R.O.C. gov­ern­ment moved to Tai­wan in 1949 fol­low­ing a civil war with the Chi­nese Com­mu­nist Party.

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