Annual Han Kuang drills to be held in middle April


TAIPEI–The annual Han Kuang military exercises will take place in mid-April, as part of Taiwan’s efforts to strengthen its combat readiness in the face of the growing threat from China, a defense official said Sunday.

The Han Kuang series of exercises, the country’s most important war games, involving the Army, the Air Force and the Navy, will be held over a period of five days, said Ministry of National Defense spokesman Maj. Gen. Luo Shou-he.

The exercises this year will include live ammunition, Luo added. This will be the first time live-fire drills have been incorporated in the Han Kuang exercises in recent years.

According to the Navy, live firing of the surface-to-air Standard Missile II and the locally developed Hsiung Feng III anti-ship missile will be included in the exercises set for April.

The military has excluded live ammunition from the war games since 2008, according to the ministry.