Under different circumstances this can be an alarming sight. Taiwan's fighter pilots are trained to land on freeways between missions if all of the island's airports are invaded or destroyed by an invasion.
Fortunately, this was an exercise.
There is only one real enemy that Taiwan's armed forces have prepared for resistance – China's People's Liberation Army (PLA). And as China's reputation as an economic and military superpower has grown in recent years, according to security experts, this invasive threat has also increased.
But for seven decades, China has been resisting Taiwan's attack, partly for political reasons, including the prospect of a US intervention and the potential high number of people. Experts say, however, that the practical realities of a complete invasion are intimidating for the PLA.
To send hundreds of thousands of troops across narrow Taiwan Straits to a handful of reliable landing beaches in the face of fierce resistance. is a terrifying view. The troops would then roam Taiwan's western Wadden Sea and mountains for a long time to reach the capital, Taipei.
Not only that, but also China would face an opponent who has been preparing for the war for almost 70 years. In mass exercises against the invasion in May, Taiwanese military spokesman General Chen Chung-Chi said the island knew that she must always be "ready to fight".
"Of course we do not want war, but only if we gain our own strength can we defend ourselves," he said. "If China wants to do something about us, it has to consider paying a painful price."
Difficult and Bloody
It could be easy to believe that Beijing's invasion of Taipei by Taipei would be short and devastating: a battle between David and Goliath between a tiny island and the military power, population and wealth of the country mainland.  With nearly 1.4 billion inhabitants, the People's Republic of China has the largest population in the world. Taiwan has less than 24 million inhabitants – a similar number as Australia. China has the fifth largest territory in the world, Taiwan is the size of Denmark or the state of Maryland. And Beijing has an economy that ranks second to the United States, while Taiwan is not among the top 20 in the world.
However, while China's hawks in the media could beat the drum of invasion, an internal Chinese military study, seen by CNN, found that the PLA considers an invasion of Taiwan extremely difficult.
"Taiwan has a professional military with a strong core of American-trained experts, "said Ia n Easton, author of" The Chinese Invasion Threat "and a research associate at the Project 2049 Institute, as well as" high defensible terrain. "
In his book, he described one Invasion of China as "the most difficult and bloodiest Missi on which he faces "the Chinese military.
The plan to take over Taiwan
China's Taiwan invasion plan, known internally as the "Joint Island Attack Campaign" English: emagazine.credit-suisse.com/app/art … = 120 & lang = en. Initially, a coordinated mass bombardment of Taiwan 's vital infrastructure – ports and airfields – was to be carried out to paralyze the island' s military from an amphibious invasion, Easton and Sidharth said. English: www.comece.org/comece.taf?_function…&language=en Kaushal, a research associate at the Royal United Services Institute for Defense and Security Studies.  At the same time, the Chinese Air Force would cross Taiwan fly and try to dominate the airspace of the island. Once the PLA was satisfied, it had adequately impeded Taiwan's air and naval forces, Kaushal said that soldiers would begin invading the west coast of the island.
The island's rocky, mountainous eastern coast is considered too inhospitable and far from mainland China.
However, the amphibious invasion required to send troops to Taiwan could be the biggest hurdle for the PLA.
That might be enough to occupy smaller islands such as those in the South China Sea, but an amphibious assault on Taiwan would likely require a larger arsenal – and "there is no indication that China is significantly upgrading its DropShip," it said the report.
Therefore, it is crucial for Beijing to neutralize Taiwan's Navy and Air Force in the early stages of an attack, Kaushal said.
"The Taiwanese Air Force would have to sink about 40% of the PLA's amphibious landing forces to make such a mission impossible," he said.
These are essentially only about 10 to 15 ships, he added.
If they could make it across the straits, the PLA would still have to find a suitable landing pad for their ships.
China's military would seek a landing pad near the mainland and a strategic city like Taipei with nearby port and airport facilities.
That leaves only 14 potential beaches left, Easton said – and that's not just the PLA who knows. For decades, Taiwanese engineers have dug tunnels and bunkers in potential landing zones along the coast.
The backbone of Taiwan's defense is also a fleet of ships capable of firing anti-ship cruise missiles over a range of ground rockets, as well as major mines and artillery on the coast.
"Taiwan's entire national defense strategy, including its war plans, is specifically designed to defeat a PLA invasion," Easton said.
Chinese troops could be dropped from the air, but it lacks paratroopers in the PLA it is unlikely.
If the PLA could take a position in Taiwan and assert itself with mainland troops against some 150,000 Taiwanese troops and more than 2.5 million reservists, it would have to penetrate the western mud of the island apartments and mountains with only narrow streets to assist them towards Taipei.
Finally, the mobilization of amphibious landing craft, ballistic missile launchers, fighters and bombers, and hundreds of thousands of troops would warn Taiwan in time for any attack, Kaushal said.
"It is extremely unlikely that the invasion could come out of the blue," added Kaushal.