The Taiwan Air Force released a striking set of photos of its highly fortified underground tunnel complex.
Footage shows Taipei Air Force personnel loading weapons onto an F-16V Viper aircraft. The military center is linked to the Chiashan Air Force Base.
The Republic of China (Taiwan) Air Force also known as ROCAF, whose function is to defend the airspace over and around Taiwan against attacks by the People’s Republic of China or Mainland China, as it is also known , published the photographs explaining that the practice is related to the second day of the annual Han Kuang military exercise.
These test maneuvers are carried out annually to assess the combat readiness of the Taiwanese Armed Forces in the event of an attack from China, in his attempt to undermine Taiwanese sovereignty.
According to the released images, ROCAF personnel from the 5th Tactical Composite Wing are shown arming the F-16V with Harpoon anti-ship missiles, AIM-120C Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) and the AIM-9L. /M Sidewinders.
“The Air Force’s 5th Joint Tactical Wing conducted the Night Potential Mounting and Loading Operation” during exercise “Hanguang Number 38” on July 24, the ROCAF said in a statement accompanying the photos.
“After the planes completed the combat mission, they returned to the field to replenish ammunition. The operation allows the fighters to take off immediately and continue to carry out military missions,” the ROCAF text continued.
The tunnel complex associated with Chiashan Air Force Base It was built by carving a granite mountain in Hualien.surrounded by the rest of Taiwan’s Central Mountain Range, according to defense journalist and author of the book “Modern Taiwanese Air Power,” Roy Choo.
The structure is part of several underground bunkers in Taiwan that allow the island’s leaders and military to operate safely from underground against possible Chinese missile attacks and air strikes.
Choo explains in his book that the construction of Chiashan officially began in 1984 and lasted eight years, at a cost of about a billion dollars.
It is estimated that the complex has interior space to park, arm and repair more than 200 combat aircraft. In addition, it has hospitals, Command and Control (C2) infrastructure, and several months’ supplies of food and fuel.
Also, the exits have huge armored steel doors to withstand heavy impacts. Likewise, these portals serve as entrances to multiple runways that lead through a long taxiway, which could also be used as an emergency runway.