Han Kuang Exercise Debuts on Apr. 23 漢光37號兵推今登場 8天7夜史上最長

The annual Han Kuang military exercise opened on the 23rd. This year's exercise will be eight days and seven nights, the longest in history, to simulate every possible PRC attack on Taiwan.


The annual Han Kuang military exercise debuted on the 23rd. This year's exercise will be eight days and seven nights, the longest in history. The Ministry of National Defense says the exercise will be a 24-hour "compound exercise" simulating an attack by China.

Factors include what's going on internationally, political situations, economic situations, etc. There may also be assistance from military allies or joint operations.
 
The format of the exercise varies from year to year. In 2017, F-35s and other new fighter jets were involved. Starting in 2018, the "future" premise was dropped and a current Taiwan Strait crisis premise was adopted. In 2019, the focus was "fake news" combat with China. Last year, central Taiwan was incorporated. The live-fire portion of the exercise will be held in July with 8,000 reserve soldiers participating. The US was not invited to observe for the second consecutive year due to the pandemic.

On the 22nd, National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology test-fired an "infinite height" missile in Taitung. Following past test firings, People's Liberation Army ships would invariably be spotted off of Orchid Island. This did not happen this year. Taiwan's military says this was probably due to weather.

It probably got to an altitude of 40,000 to 50,000 feet. That's very close to the so-called anti-ballistic missiles.
 
According to the Fisheries Agency, the institute will be holding test-firings off Taiwan's southeastern coast on four days between the 22nd and 29th. A US official had no comment when asked if the US would sell AGM-158 missiles to Taiwan.
 
Our support for Taiwan is rock-solid. We continue to have a dialogue with Taiwan.
 
Ned Price would only say the US would continue partnering with its partners to maintain peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.
 
 
 
國軍漢光37號兵推,23號登場,將進行8天7夜,史上最長。而國防部指出,此次兵推是每天連續24小時「複合式兵推」,將以最嚴苛敵情威脅狀況,模擬共軍犯台的各種可能行動。
 
國防研究院戰略所長 蘇紫雲表示:「國際情勢還有政治狀況,還有經濟情勢等等,這種情境想定,也可能就是包括友軍一些協防,或是聯合行動。」
 
國軍近5年的「漢光兵推」形式不斷改變,因應解放軍2017年開始,大幅增加機艦繞台,兵推時便以F-35等新式戰機應敵;2018年起,不再以「未來式」為背景,改以台海當前敵情為基礎;2019年將中共「假訊息」作戰,放入兵推項目;去年更將共軍部分「中部戰區」部隊,納入犯台兵力。兵推中顯現的狀況,都會成為重要的建軍參考。
 
至於漢光實兵實彈演習,會在7月展開,預計動員8千名後備軍人參與,而考量疫情風險,將是第二年未邀請美方來台觀摩。
 
轟隆聲作響,火光劃破夜空,22號晚間,中山科學研究院則在台東,試射1枚「無限高」飛彈。而過去中科院試射火砲,都會出現在蘭嶼外海的解放軍情報船,這次未現蹤,軍方研判可能是因為颱風。
 
國防研究院戰略所長 蘇紫雲表示:「它大概射高4萬公尺到5萬公尺左右,很接近所謂的天弓三增程型(飛彈)。」
 
根據漁業署公告的射擊通報,本月22至29號的其中4天,中科院都會在東南部海空域進行火砲試射。至於國防部持續向美方爭取購買「AGM-158遠距攻陸飛彈」,美方是否出售?美國國務院低調避談。
 
美國國務院發言人 普萊斯表示:「我國對台灣的支持堅若磐石,我們持續在相關議題上和台灣交流。」
 
普萊斯重申對台承諾,強調美方會持續與盟友夥伴合作,維持台海的和平與穩定。
 

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