This decision follows several incidents involving drones which are said to have arrived from mainland China.
Taiwan’s military announced on Friday the deployment of anti-drone guns on the offshore islands of Kinmen and Matsu, following several drone incursions allegedly from the Chinese mainland.
Kinmen and Matsu are groups of small islands in the Taiwan Strait, controlled by Taipei but located closer to the Chinese coastline.
The Taiwanese military said troops received anti-drone weapons as part of its flexible approach to dealing with incoming threats.
The devices jam the frequency used by the ground station to connect to the drone, causing the plane to spiral out of control and crash.
Taiwan reported several drone incursions this week and accused China of sending them to “undermine peace and stability”.
On Thursday, a drone was shot down near the Kinmen Islands. Live ammunition was fired at “civil” drone after ignoring several warnings, according to Taipei.
Anti-drone guns have already been used by Taiwanese troops, who repelled a drone over the Kinmen Islands on Saturday, Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said in a statement.
Taiwan has been self-governing since 1949, but has never officially declared independence from China, which considers the island of 23.5 million people part of its territory.
Tensions have erupted between Taipei and Beijing since US President Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan last month. China launched a furious response, launching massive drills in the Taiwan Strait and imposing trade restrictions on the island.
Earlier this week, the White House approved more than $1.1 billion in arms sales to Taiwan, prompting a further angry backlash from China, which said the deal undermined its sovereignty and sent the “false signals” at “separatist forces” on the island.
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