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Taiwan plan to procure M1A2 Abrams MBTs
« on: June 07, 2019, 03:07:44 AM »
https://www.janes.com/article/89074/taiwan-confirms-us-military-package-request

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Taiwan confirms US military package request
06 June 2019

Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND) has confirmed plans to procure from the US a package of military equipment including more than 100 M1A2 Abrams main battle tanks (MBTs) and an assortment of missile systems.

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The package is reported to be worth about USD2 billion, with the Abrams tanks expected to replace some of the Taiwanese Army's ageing M60A3 MBTs from the US and locally produced M48H CM11 MBTs. Jane's has previously reported that Taiwan had first requested to acquire M1A2 MBTs about 18 years ago. The request was approved in 2001 but the sale did not materialise.

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Re: Taiwan plan to procure M1A2 Abrams MBTs
« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2019, 04:19:36 AM »
https://www.janes.com/article/89613/us-normalises-defence-trade-with-taiwan

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US ‘normalises’ defence trade with Taiwan
02 July 2019

The new strategy is intended to reduce the existing high-profile nature of military export announcements to Taiwan. In turn, this is intended to minimise the displeasure that China, which regards Taiwan as a province, frequently expresses about such military deals.

The change in strategy has been signposted in recent US government documents and in recent comments made by Randall Schriver, the US assistant secretary of defence for Indo-Pacific security affairs. Jane's understands that the change in strategy is being implemented in all new Taiwan military procurement requests.

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Re: Taiwan plan to procure M1A2 Abrams MBTs
« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2019, 05:36:37 PM »
https://www.janes.com/article/89753/us-confirms-abrams-mbt-deal-with-taiwan

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US confirms Abrams MBT deal with Taiwan
08 July 2019

The US State Department has made a determination to approve a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Taiwan of equipment including General Dynamics M1A2 Abrams main battle tanks (MBTs) and Raytheon Stinger missiles.

The proposed deal was announced on 8 July by the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) and is worth an estimated USD2.22 billion. It comes as the US government 'normalises' the way it processes military contracts with Taiwan.

DSCA said it had notified Congress of the deal, which features a range of land systems and weapons including 108 Abrams M1A2T MBTs, 250 Block I-92F Stinger missiles, BAE Systems M88A2 armoured recovery vehicles, Oshkosh M1070A1 heavy equipment transporters, and an assortment of machine guns, munitions, smoke grenade launchers, tank engines and transmissions, and communications equipment.

The DSCA said the sale is in response to a request to procure the materiel from the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States, Taiwan's principal representative office in Washington. The deal is separated into two projects, with the Abrams tanks and related equipment costed at an estimated USD2 billion and the Stinger missiles valued at USD223.5 million.

The DSCA added that the sale serves US national, economic, and security interests by supporting Taiwan's efforts to modernise its armed forces and to maintain a credible defensive capability.

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Re: Taiwan plan to procure M1A2 Abrams MBTs
« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2020, 06:19:18 PM »
Taiwan preparing reception of M1A2T Abrams MBTs deliveries | Army Recognition - 20 April 2020 13:28
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The Taiwanese Army began preparing early this year for the eventual arrival of the tanks, including training instructors, setting up training grounds and bunkers, and purchasing simulators. The preparations are reportedly being made with the help of U.S. experts, who visited Taiwan last February. Taiwan purchased the 108 M1A2T tanks to modernize its current fleet of 1,000 battle tanks, mostly M60A3 and CM-11 models that have been in service for more than two decades. The M1A2T is a customized model of the M1A2 SEPv2, specifically for Taiwanese Army requirements. The M1A2 SEP (System Enhancement Package) version of the Abrams tank features a new-production turret with a series of enhancements for enhanced survivability.

On top of U.S.-made simulators bought with the tanks, the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST), Taiwan's state-owned institution in charge of developing indigenous weapon systems, will also develop Taiwan's own simulators and install other training facilities at military camps where the tanks will be deployed.