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Taiwan test highways for launch capabilities

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posted on Jul, 21 2004 @ 10:06 AM

In response to recent Chinese war games Taiwan has stage its own war games which included Two Mirage fighter jets touching down Wednesday on a usually busy Taiwan highway as part of war games to test the island's combat readiness against any attack by arch-foe China.

It was the first time in 26 years aircraft had landed on the main north-south highway, which was built to double as an emergency runway in times of war.

An eight-kilometre (five mile) section of the motorway will remain closed from 0300 local time (1900GMT) for six hours. Hundreds of makeshift concrete blocks separating traffic lanes have already been removed, turning several sections of the motorway into designated emergency runways.

CNN article

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