Can a fighter plane show up over Taipei in 7 minutes? Taiwanese media speculate on the expansion of the PLA’s “front-line airport
[Global Times Special Correspondent Zhang Tianxing] According to commercial satellite images, Taiwanese media speculate that the mainland is renovating and expanding the two military airports in Fujian that are closest to Taiwan, extending runways and adding aprons. Some scholars on the island said that it only takes 7 minutes for a fighter plane to volley in Taipei, which has aroused great concern on the island.
Taiwan’s “United Daily News” said on the 8th that Google’s latest satellite photos revealed that the two military airports closest to Taiwan in Fujian Province on the mainland include Longtian Airport, which is 170 kilometers away from Taiwan, and Hui’an Airport, which is 190 kilometers away. Renovation and expansion. The two airfields belong to the transition airfields, used for fighters and bombers to station during the war. Former Taiwan’s “Deputy Commander of the Air Force” Zhang Yanting said that Longtian and Hui’an Airports are very close to Taiwan. In terms of the range of fighter jets, they can volley in Taipei about 7 minutes after take-off. The tactical value of “disturbing Taiwan” is very high. It can save time, fuel, and troops. He said that the mainland wants to unify Taiwan in terms of political strategy, and the reconstruction of these front-line bases is to believe that it can be “soldier without a fight,” and that it will exert the greatest military and political strategic value in the future.
Su Ziyun, director of the National Defense Strategy and Resources Research Institute of the National Defense Security Research Institute, said that the purpose of the mainland’s refurbishment of the Longtian and Hui’an military airports is to “defend the middle and bring the offensive”: “defense” is to prevent the rapid attack of the US military and the countermeasures of the Taiwan military. Firepower; “attack” is to make preparations for the “first island chain” and Taiwan and East China Sea affairs. He said that according to public observations, the mainland’s air defense system and air layer are divided into three major blocks from the open sea to the inland into an interception zone, an annihilation zone and a deep cover zone, while the Huian and Longtian airports are located in the interception zone near the sea. Therefore, its tactical significance lies in strengthening air defense operations. The renovated long runways of the two airports can be used for the take-off and landing of the upcoming Y-20 tanker, which can greatly increase the range of the PLA combat aircraft fleet to carry out long-sea missions: go out of the Miyako Strait and go deep into the Philippine Sea to perform strategic patrols and head south. It can enter the airspace in southwest Taiwan, and the transport-8 and transport-9 anti-submarine and electronic reconnaissance fleets can also use these two airports to increase the time spent in the air and the density of cruises. Su Ziyun also claimed that if the linkage takes into account the Fu-Xia high-speed rail, which is scheduled to open to traffic in 2022, the two airports are even more strategic. At that time, the He-Fu high-speed rail connecting the central theater and the Beijing-Fu high-speed rail in the northern theater will be connected with the Fu-Xia high-speed rail. “The significance is that the airborne forces from the central and northern theaters will be able to use high-speed rail maneuvers to avoid military gatherings to avoid satellites and other strategic intelligence reconnaissance photographs, so as to quickly maneuver to Longtian and Hui’an airports to board and launch raids against Taiwan. My warning time. And the history of war shows that the’lowest expected path’ is often the key to subverting the battlefield, and the national army should not be careless.”
In order to deal with “emergency situations,” Huang Shuguang, Taiwan’s “Chief of Staff”, ordered the Taiwan military’s combat areas to conduct a detailed review of the formation, strength, and tactical position of air defense combat readiness units, confirming that it can perform radar reconnaissance and weaponry capabilities and should not be restricted to deployment in the camp. . In order to implement the “regional joint defense mechanism” and improve crisis response, the “Northern Operational Zone” is especially required to review the air defense firepower and location of the Danshui River, and to confirm the control relationship between the Taiwan Army “Guandu Command” and the “Gendarmerie Command” , And then clearly divide and integrate the tasks of the troops. The original “Eagle” missile force in Danshui is permanently stationed, but recently, the public has witnessed the arrival of “Avenger” missiles. In addition, the Taiwan Air Force will also conduct live-fire exercises at the Penghu Rock Reef Range in June. The AH-64E attack helicopter subordinate to the “Army Aviation Special Department” will then cross the sea to the range for missile shooting. A military fan recently recorded that an “Apache” helicopter took off from Longtan and flew to Penghu Magong to perform reconnaissance missions.
Taiwan media also paid close attention to the Continental Army’s statement on Taiwan since the two sessions. Taiwan’s “National Policy Research Institute” held a symposium on the “Two Sessions of the Chinese Communist Party, Two Powers and Cross-Strait” on the 8th. Guo Yuren, a scholar at Sun Yat-sen University in Kaohsiung, claimed that after the mainland has dealt with the Hong Kong issue, Taiwan will be dealt with next. After the foundation is perfected in 2021 and 2022, it is “very likely to launch a series of overwhelming attacks on Taiwan” in 2023. Lianhe News reported on the 8th that since the beginning of the year, PLA military planes have entered Taiwan’s southwest airspace to organize actual combat exercises. Some analysts believe that the mainland may “use force to promote reunification.” Wu Qian, spokesman for the delegation of the National People’s Congress, the People’s Liberation Army and the Armed Police Force, said that the current cross-strait relations are complicated and severe. Common interests seriously endanger the peace and stability of the Taiwan Strait. It is very dangerous and there is no way out. History has proved that those bad elements who try to split the motherland will never end well. He said that China must achieve complete reunification and the Chinese nation must achieve a great rejuvenation. This historical trend is unstoppable by anyone and any force; and safeguarding national sovereignty and territorial integrity is the sacred duty of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army. Our capabilities are always there, and our will is as strong as a rock