Taiwan reinforces its military defense systems in the face of increasing invasions of its airspace by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
Last week, 18 CCP military planes invaded the middle line that separates Taiwan’s airspace, in retaliation for the visit to the island of the U.S. Undersecretary of State, Keith Krach.
During his visit, Krach spoke with the Taiwanese government about commercial and military strategies.
Beijing considers Taiwan to be part of its territory, even though it has an independent democratic government. It will defend itself to repel any attack initiated by the CCP.
In response, the Taiwanese Air Force sent its planes to monitor the invaders and warn them of their aggression.
The CCP fighter crews replied by radio that there was no midline that the Taiwanese warned them they had crossed.
As a result, the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology scheduled two days for testing Taiwanese missiles, on Sept. 24 and 25, reported the South China Morning Post (SCMP) on Sept. 25.
The missiles tested by Taiwan were likely Tien Kung-3 (Sky Bow-3), a 200-km ground-to-air missile designed to intercept guided missiles from the mainland, a retired institute official, not identified by the SCMP, reported.
Taiwan launched the missiles from eastern Taitung County and the Jiupeng military base in Pingtung County.
The CCP’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) sent multiple warplanes, including the Jian-10 and Sukhoi Su-30 fighters, into southwestern Taiwan.
However, other local media mentioned the possibility that it was a supersonic anti-ship Hsiung Feng III or Tien Kung-3.
The Institute did not define the characteristics of the missiles launched.
Tensions in the Taiwan Strait have been heightened by Beijing’s incursions, to which Washington and Taipei have responded.
Taiwan also has the military backing of the United States, Australia, Japan, and South Korea with whom it has established military agreements and exchanges.
The United Kingdom army is carrying out one of the most powerful exercises that can be deployed by one of the members of NATO, according to the Naval News of Sept. 23.
Commodore Steve Moorhouse, Commander UK Carrier Strike Group, said HMS Queen Elizabeth would be operating with the largest air group of fifth-generation fighters assembled anywhere in the world. Led by the Royal Navy, and backed by our closest allies, this new Carrier Strike Group puts real muscle back into NATO and sends a clear signal that the United Kingdom takes its global role seriously.”
At the center of the demonstrations is the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, with more than 65,000 tons and a crew of 1,680, which will extend its operations until Sept. 28.
The carrier’s flight deck bristles with its largest-ever number of fighter planes while preparing to be placed in the NATO Carrier Attack Group under the United Kingdom’s command.
Its platform houses two squadrons of ‘invisible’ F-35B planes, the RAF’s Squadron 617 (The Dambusters), and the U.S. Marine Corps’ VMFA-211. (The Wake Island Avengers). Also 14 fighter planes and eight Merlin helicopters.
Captain James Blackmore, the UK’s Carrier Air Wing Commander, said: “… this is the trans-Atlantic alliance in action, demonstrating that two close allies can not only fly from each other’s carriers but can fight alongside each other should we need to. This level of integration offers decisive flexibility in times of crisis, conflict, or war.”