Saturday, October 29, 2005

Dry Run

Many Taiwanese military exercises are "scripted" (also known as fake or rigged).* Therefore, when a chance arrives to see the military in action against something under more realistic conditions, military analysts come out of the woodworks to watch. Today offers just such an opportunity and the result doesn't reflect well on ROC air power.

EastSouthWestNorth posts on a South Korean freighter which after a collision was leaking benzene into the air. Taiwan's Environmental Protection Agency called in the ROCAF, who deployed F-16s to drop 2,000 pound laser-guided bombs that failed to sink the freighter. Next a pair of AH-1W Super Cobras attacked with eight Hellfire missiles. At last sighting the freighter had still failed to sink completely. See ESWN's post for pictures.

As for the lessons learned, ESWN reports:
[T]he armchair generals are having a good time commenting about how these armed forces can fight a war when they cannot even sink a static capsized ship.

*For more on the scripted nature of Taiwan's military exercises, see this post on this year's Han Kuang exercise.