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Live fire drill could have gone better: MND

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Ministry of National Defense (MND) yesterday admitted that the live-fire drill conducted Friday two weeks ago could have gone better.

The drill was carried out with live ammunition and involved all the R.O.C.'s armed forces.

The MND said that the navy had failed to impale its target with Boeing harpoons on June 27, and that the actual reason was still unidentified as of press time.

The Hsiung Feng II missiles, an anti-ship missile system developed by the Chungshan Institute of Science and Technology also missed most of their targets during the drill, reported local media outlets.

In a press release issued yesterday, the MND noted that one Hsiung Feng II missile successfully struck its target during the drill, but the Boeing harpoon launch drills were not planned beforehand. Additionally, the eight Mark 82 (MK-82) bombs were all dropped into their target zones, the MND added.

According to the MND, the drill could have achieved better results, and that there was room for improvement. The national army will be reflecting on mistakes in hopes of improving their skills, said the MND, adding that it hoped for the Taiwanese population to support their attempts in beefing up the nation's defense and security.

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