At a military base in southern Taiwan were tested 19 missiles "ground-to-air" and "air-to-air", but five of them reached the goal. This is the first public test of its kind in Taiwan over the past ten years, reports Associated Press.
Failure to test displeased the President Ma Ying-jeou, who was present at the launch. According to him, the main objective of the tests was to make the activities of the armed forces "more transparent" for the citizens of Taiwan and to show them that the country's army is ready to act. However, the fact that more than a quarter of the missiles missed their target, cast doubt on the defensibility of Taiwan. In particular, concerns related to possible attacks from China.
Recall that China views Taiwan as part of its territory, which he has no control over, but local authorities insist that Taiwan is an independent state.
According to one expert, the purpose of testing and Taiwan was to persuade the United States to sell the country's 66 advanced F-16 aircraft. The US side said that considering this possibility, but the deal is delayed for more than two years.
In addition, China has developed a new generation of fighters, which increases pressure on Taiwan. In January, 2011. Chinese military conducted the first test trials of a new "stealth fighter" fifth generation Chengdu J-20. The 15-minute flight took place near g.Chendu in Sichuan Province in southwest China. Adopted Chinese J-20 may be taken in 2017-2019gg.
As regards the appointment of Taiwanese missile tests which were held today, according to experts, they are designed to prevent Chinese aircraft's stated line of defense in the Taiwan Strait.