Legislature Discusses Arms Procurement 吳釗燮透露美將再宣布軍售 引洩密疑慮

Foreign Affairs Minister Joseph Wu was accused of leaking confidential information after he said that the US will announce additional arms sales to Taiwan. Deputy National Defense Minister Alex Po said on March 17 that all potentials deals remain unaffected and are still proceeding as normal.


Foreign Affairs Minister Joseph Wu revealed on March 16 that the US will soon announce another arms deal for Taiwan, and was accused of leaking classified information. On March 17, Deputy National Defense Minister Alex Po said all deals follow established procedures and added that the budgets for all future procurements from the US have already been approved. There are reports that the deal mentioned by Wu will include AGM-158 joint air-to-surface standoff missiles, which the military has long coveted but the US has repeatedly refused to sell. 

Chao Tien-lin, Legislator (DPP): “Has there been any progress from the Trump administration to the current Biden administration?”
Alex Po, Dep. Nat'l Def. Minister: “Negotiations are ongoing, but I can't reveal any details to you here because it involves classified information. So the talks haven't collapsed? No.”
 
The low mission-capability rate of Mirage fighters has come under scrutiny after one fighter crashed several days ago. Many legislators questioned if the fighters would be decommissioned or sold to India to cover some of the procurement costs. Po said Taiwan's Mirage mission-capability rate exceeds the global average and the military is not considering selling the planes. However, the accident has made it clear that the Mirage's crew ratio is insufficient, and an issue of concern is whether the Air Force can recruit sufficient F-16V pilots within five years.

Alex Po, Dep. Nat'l Def. Minister: “I guarantee that our current crew ratio is sufficient for any missions we need to carry out between the Taiwan Strait. I often analyze our pilots to see if they're getting worse with each generation. I would like to inform everyone that every generation is stronger than the previous one. That's what I've seen. The things that they learn are different than what I learned before I graduated.”

Chinese military planes continue to buzz Taiwan's ADIZ, and the Air Force sends fighters to drive them away and uses missile systems to monitor them. Legislators asked how the military will respond if China sends warships.

Alex Po, Dep. Nat'l Def. Minister: “Whenever Chinese warships conduct any kind of mission in any area, our Navy is always off to one side watching. If they approach within 12 nautical miles or even 24 nautical miles or endanger our regional safety, then our Navy will consider whether it's appropriate to inform the public.”

The military has allocated NT$236.9 billion to upgrade naval and air capabilities. It has commissioned the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology to complete preparations to mass produce weapons by 2026. Contracts also include overdue penalties to ensure that weapons and equipment will be delivered on schedule.
 

 

 

 

烏俄衝突讓國際更加關注台海局勢,美國持續提供防衛性武器給台灣。外交部長吳釗燮日前透露,美方會再宣布對台軍售,被質疑有洩密疑慮。對此,國防部副部長柏鴻輝17日否認,強調所有軍售都按照正常程序進行,也指出美國未來對台軍售,都是已審查的預算案。這回軍購案傳出就是國軍最想買,但美方遲遲不點頭的AGM-158遠距攻陸飛彈。

民進黨立委趙天麟問:「從川普政府到這個現在的拜登政府,目前有任何的進展嗎?」

國防部副部長柏鴻輝回應,「報告委員,正在進行當中,但是這個我不能在這裡跟你報告詳細細節,因為這牽涉到機密。」

針對幻象戰機墜海失事,妥善率較低被放大檢視。多名立委關切後續是否有汰除或者轉售印度,藉此降低軍售成本。柏鴻輝表示,幻象妥善率高於全球平均值,也不會考量轉售,但幻象失事凸顯空軍座艙比不足的問題,國軍5年內能否招募到半數的F-16V飛行員,引發關注。

國防部副部長柏鴻輝強調:「保證我們現在座艙比,在現在台海之間,所做的任何任務,我們是可以滿足現況。我經常來看我們的飛行員,是不是一代不如一代。我跟委員報告,一代比一代強,這是我所看到的。因為他所學的東西,跟我以前畢業所學的東西,那是不一樣了。」

共機頻繁擾台,國軍有戰機驅離、飛彈追監等手段,但若是共艦擾台,又該如何應對,也引起立委高度關注。

國防部副部長柏鴻輝說:「我們海軍事實上,在每一個區域,只要有共艦在執行任務,我們都是跟到旁邊。做法來說,如果接鄰區24,12海浬,或是有危害到我們區域安全的時候,我們海軍已考量適時要給國人知道。」

至於國防部執行2369億元的海空戰力提升計畫,委託中科院在2026年底完成武器量產,這回採購辦法也新增逾期罰則,確保如期、如質獲得武器裝備。

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