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Taiwan Navy holds live-fire bombing drill off eastern Taiwan

Taiwan has decided to do some live fire training/show of force yesterday. Firing off some anti ship bombs and torpedoes.

Crucially the exercises involve the live deployment of multiple MK-84 general purpose bombs, which are large American-made “heavy unguided bombs” which weigh about 2,000 pounds.

CNA: F-16 fighter jet takes off from Hualien Jiashan Air Base Wednesday.

CNA describes of the bomb in what’s no doubt a hugely provocative signal to Beijing: “On impact, the MK-84 can blow apart buildings and other structures. It can penetrate metal up to 38 centimeters and concrete up to 3.4 meters, depending on the height from which it is dropped, and it causes lethal fragmentation across a radius of 370m.”

The free-fall released MK-84 was used widely by the United States in Vietnam and is nicknamed “the Hammer” – given its significant destructive power and blast radius. As it’s unguided it’s also deemed among an arsenal of “dumb bombs”.

Torpedo drills were also part of these exercises.

Mark 84 bombs, via AF.mil

On impact, the MK-84 can blow apart buildings and other structures. It can penetrate metal up to 38 centimeters and concrete up to 3.4 meters, depending on the height from which it is dropped, and it causes lethal fragmentation across a radius of 370m.

But the Taiwan Navy is expected to carry out its first torpedo live-fire since 2007 on July 15, according to military sources cited in CNA.

During the live-fire exercise, a German-made SUT heavyweight torpedo is expected to be fired from the Navy’s two Chien Lung class diesel-electric submarines, according to the military source.

On July 16, military forces will conduct a live-fire anti-landing exercise at a Taichung beach and drills at Taichung Port and Ching Chuan Kang Air Base simultaneously.

https://focustaiwan.tw/politics/202007010015

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