Source: The post is based on the article “Explained: What are live-fire exercises, recently conducted by China?” published in Indian Express on 6th August 2022.
What is the News?
China has begun its live-fire exercise near Taiwan by launching at least 11 ballistic missiles into the country’s coast. This is being done after the US House speaker visited Taiwan.
What are Live-fire exercises?
They are exercises primarily used by military personnel in which live ammunition is used to create training conditions that are as close to real combat scenarios as possible.
During live-fire training, soldiers are placed in simulated combat situations and are given the opportunity to use their weapons and equipment (like ships, aircraft, tanks and drones).
Such exercises are invaluable in maintaining the combat readiness of troops, the cohesiveness of units, and instilling confidence in their ability to use their weapons and equipment correctly.
The exercises also involve testing the effectiveness of vehicles, weapon platforms and weapons systems so that any design flaws can be resolved before the weapons are fully operational.