Aircraft to feature at display marking WWII victory
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.