According to the South China Morning Post, the Taiwanese military has been training using US-made Javelin missiles to test their effectiveness in deterring potential attacks from China.
The 66th Marine Brigade, which has a unit to guard Taipei, the island’s capital, has practiced firing the “tank killer” Javelin portable missiles that Ukraine recently used to destroy several Russian armored vehicles.
In recent weeks, Taiwanese marines from the brigade joined the air force and army forces in a series of drills at the Joint Operations Training Base Command in Pingtung, southern Taiwan.
F-16 fighter jets used decoy flares to counter infrared homing (or heat-seeking) surface-to-air and air-to-air missiles during the training. According to the agency, howitzers, mortars, tanks, amphibious assault vehicles, and US-made OH-58D helicopters were all used in training.
The FGM-148 Javelin (AAWS-M) is a portable anti-tank missile system manufactured in the United States that has been in operation since 1996. Its warhead can destroy modern tanks by striking them from overhead, where their armor is vulnerable.
This Javelin ranges 1.5 miles and can reach 490 feet in top-attack mode and roughly 197 feet in direct-fire mode. It also has an infrared seeker built-in.
The Taiwanese government closely monitors the war in Ukraine and draws lessons from it to improve its combat readiness.