Global Times reported that Taiwan's "Ministry of Defense" confirmed that it had applied to the United States for the purchase of air-dropped mines for the mounting of P-3C anti-submarine aircraft, according to Taiwan's "Union Daily" on June 6. Experts on the island speculate that the Taiwanese army attaches great importance to the efficiency of aerial mine laying, and attempts to launch long-range offensive mine laying operations, "blocking the freedom of movement of the Communist fleet, or even disrupting certain bases, harbours or waterways, which is of great value".
Reported that Taiwan's purchase of mines from the United States belongs to the "rapid attack" series, including old-fashioned mines such as MK62 and MK64 equipped with sensors by aerial bombs, and MK65 models specially designed for mine operations. These mines are equally effective in water and underwater targets and are relatively widely used. Mei Fuxing, director of the Taiwan Sea Safety Research Center, said that the Taiwanese army intends to introduce mines that can be quickly dropped by air fighters, which is a "multi-layer defensive action" with a clear focus on the capabilities of rapid deployment, offensive deployment and low-cost flexible modification. He also said that these mines belong to the old models developed decades ago. In recent years, the U.S. Army has developed a new generation of air-dropped mines based on satellite-guided bombs, including JDAM modification, Rapid Strike-J deployed through precise GPS guidance and extended range precision guidance with glider wing kits. Type "fast attack -ER".
Mei Fuxing said that some experts on the island had suggested that the Taiwanese Army should develop or introduce new types of air-dropped mines to extend operational space and greatly improve the accuracy of minefields. He believed that the United States had approved the sale of JDAM to Taiwan as early as 2011, so if the United States agreed to sell the "quick strike" mine this time, it would not be difficult for the future Taiwanese army to obtain a new generation of air-dropped mine. (Wei Yunfeng)
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