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Taiwan to Hold Helicopter Drill to Test Combat Readiness

The Taiwanese military will hold a three-day exercise involving all its helicopters at Pingtung’s Jiupeng military base.

Dubbed “Mighty Eagle,” the drill is being held to test the combat readiness of the island nation, especially amid increasing pressure from China.

During the exercise, helicopters will fire cannons and Hellfire and Stinger missiles at various naval and aerial targets to test their capabilities with precision weapon systems.

Among the helicopters to participate in the activity are the AH-64E Apache and AH-1W Super Cobra attack aircraft and the CH-47 Chinook heavy-lift helicopter.

The country’s OH-58D Kiowa Warrior Scout helicopters and UH-1H utility choppers will also take part.

Last week, a military source revealed that the country’s Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters conducted live-fire drills in Penghu County.

The drill was reportedly designed to simulate a wartime rescue mission under enemy fire.

Chinook heavy-lift helicopter
Taiwan’s Chinook heavy-lift helicopter. Photo: AFP
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