Taiwan’s air force conducted drills on Wednesday to simulate the interception of Chinese warplanes amid heightened tensions with Beijing, Reuters reported.
Flight crews at a base in Chiayi, which houses US-made F-16 fighter jets, scrambled to prepare the aircraft as alarms sounded.
The exercises were intended to highlight Taiwan’s military readiness ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday at the end of this month.
Chinese aircraft have repeatedly violated Taiwan’s airspace over the past several years, with the latest incident taking place in November.
“With the very high frequency of Communist planes entering our ADIZ, pilots from our wing are very experienced and have dealt with almost all types of their aircraft,” Maj. Yen Hsiang-sheng told reporters about a mission late last year to intercept Chinese fighter