Newly ac­quired air­craft fea­ture in mil­i­tary re­hearsal

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY JOSEPH YEH

Some of the R.O.C.’s re­cently ac­quired mil­i­tary air­craft and he­li­copters were fea­tured at a largescale re­hearsal of a public mil­i­tary dis­play held yes­ter­day in Hs­inchu in prepa­ra­tion for an of­fi­cial event next month to com­mem­o­rate the 70th an­niver­sary of the R.O.C.’s victory over Ja­pan in the Sec­ond Sino-Ja­panese War.

Staged at a mil­i­tary pa­rade ground in Hs­inchu County, two weeks ahead of the of­fi­cial event set to take place on July 4, the re­hearsal fea­tured AH-64E Apache attack he­li­copters, UH-60M Black Hawk he­li­copters, P-3C sub­ma­rine-hunt­ing air­craft, EC225 Su­per Puma he­li­copters and PAC-3 mis­sile sys­tem.

Other than th­ese U.S.-ac­quired air­craft and he­li­copters, weapon sys­tems de­vel­oped in­dige­nously, in­clud­ing the Un­manned Air­craft Sys­tem, Hsi­ung Feng III “Brave Wind” sur­face-to-sur­face su­per­sonic anti-ship mis­sile, and the CM-33 Clouded Leop­ard eight- wheeled ar­mored ve­hi­cles, also par­tic­i­pated in the re­hearsal yes­ter­day presided over by Chief of the Gen­eral Staff Yen De-fa ( ). Stal­warts 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 took part in the re­hearsal.

In his re­marks, Yen said the re­hearsal is meant to al­low the R.O.C. Armed Forces to be bet­ter pre­pared for the of­fi­cial event to be held next month that serves to com­mem­o­rate the 70th an­niver­sary of the R.O.C.’s victory over Ja­pan in the great war.

All R.O.C. mil­i­tary branches sent per­son­nel to par­tic­i­pate in the re­hearsal yes­ter­day, which fea­tured a to­tal of 3,858 mil­i­tary per­son­nel from 32 dif­fer­ent units, 64 mil­i­tary air­craft and 294 mil­i­tary ve­hi­cles.

Mil­i­tary per­son­nel and troops who joined the re­hearsal and the up­com­ing event had been sta­tioned at a nearby mil­i­tary camp since March 23, ac­cord­ing to the mil­i­tary.

Com­mem­o­rat­ing R.O.C. sol­diers’ con­tri­bu­tions

To com­mem­o­rate the con­tri­bu­tion of R.O.C. sol­diers to the coun­try and its tri­umph in the war that lasted from 1937 to 1945, weapons and mil­i­tary air­craft that played a role in the eight-year war were also dis­played yester- day, in­clud­ing a replica of the P-40 fighter jet, a model that was used by mem­bers of the Chi­ne­seAmer­i­can Com­pos­ite Wing dur­ing World War II.

As part of the cel­e­bra­tions, the mil­i­tary said it will in­vite vet­er­ans who par­tic­i­pated in the war to join the mil­i­tary dis­play, which will be presided over by Pres­i­dent Ma Ying-jeou on July 4.

The event is to be launched af­ter China 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 views the KMT na­tion­al­ist R.O.C. gov­ern­ment or the Chi­nese com­mu­nists as con­tribut­ing more to the de­feat of Ja­pan in WWII.

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

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