Taiwan conducts air defense drill featuring GDF-006 anti-air guns

Taipei--Troops from the Air Defense Artillery Command's 303rd battalion last Thursday conducted a drill simulating air-to-ground combat in the southern county of Pingtung to test their ability to handle aerial attacks during which a firing drill for the Oerlikon GDF-006 35mm anti-aircraft canon was conducted at night.

The drill was conducted at the Air Defense Artillery Training Center in Fangshan, a location for ground-to-air and ground-to-sea live fire practice.

The maximum firing range of the 35 mm GDF-006 can reach up to 11 kilometers and the maximum effective distance is about 4km. The rate of fire is 1,100 rounds per minute, according to data provided by the ROC Air Force.

The 35 mm GDF-006 with night vision sight is a towed anti-aircraft gun for short range air defense against manned aircraft including fighter jets, bombers and helicopters, as well as unmanned aerial targets, in particular drones, cruise missiles, dispensers, guided missiles and bombs.

The GDF-006 is controlled by the Skyguard radar system, an all-weather air defense system for the control of aircraft at low altitude and at low and medium altitude up to 3,000m. The system conducts air surveillance, target acquisition and calculates derivative-action values, according to the data.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel