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Taiwan conducts helicopter exercises to test combat readiness

Taiwan's military is conducting a three-day exercise with all its helicopters at Jioping Military Base in Pingtung.

The exercise, dubbed "Great Eagle", is underway to test combat readiness, especially amid mounting pressure from China.

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

Among the helicopters involved in the activity are the AH-64E Apache, AH-1W Super Cobra, and the CH-47 Chinook heavy-lift helicopter.

OH-58D Kiowa Warrior Scout helicopters and UH-1H helicopters will also participate in the country.

Last week, a military source revealed that local Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters conducted live-fire exercises in Bingo County.

The exercises were reportedly designed to simulate a wartime rescue mission under enemy fire.

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