A Patriot III surface-to-air missile system was deployed in the carpark of Taipei City Zoo in Muzha District today, as part of the nationwide Han Kuang (Hanguang) military exercises.
The incongruous scene of a high-tech “Phased Array Tracking Radar to Intercept on Target” air defense missile array set up in a civilian parking lot in a residential area of Taipei City drew the attention of members of the public who took pictures and uploaded them to social media.
The missile system was located close to the elevated MRT track, and deployed close to rows of civilian cars, pointing into the sky above a recreational green zone within view of residential buildings.
The Han Kuang Exercise is designed to maintain Taiwan’s combat readiness against a possible attack from the People’s Republic of China.
Starting in 1984, the exercises have been held annually since 2011, as threats from Taiwan’s powerful neighbor have grown more belligerent.
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