The Ministry of National Defense has allocated NT$3.2 billion (US$104.04 million) to upgrade the radio equipment of more than 100 coast guard ships and boats from this year through 2026, a source familiar with the matter said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
The allocation is part of a special budget of the Sea-Air Combat Power Improvement Plan, which allows the government to spend more than NT$240 billion on military programs.
The Chunghsan Institute of Science and Technology — which is responsible for obtaining radios for coast guard vessels — has called three conferences with potential contractors, the source said yesterday, adding that it expects to award the project in August.
Photo: Hung Ting-hung, Taipei Times.
The institute’s solicitation included 124 self-designed CS/PRC-37C manpack radios, 130 shipborne mobile radio base stations, equipment for two network operations centers, 10 repeaters and six dispatch counsels, they said, citing information disclosed to the private sector.
Although local media previously reported that the budget would only cover 12 Anping-class offshore patrol vessels, all 35-tonne-class boats and larger vessels would receive the upgrades, the source said.
More than 100 of the coast guard’s 185 ships would receive them, they said.
The Hai Wei Project is under the sole control of the defense ministry under Article 4 of the National Defense Act (國防法), which gives it the authority to manage and direct the Coast Guard Administration (CGA) if it is mobilized for national defense, they said.
The Anping-class vessels are the coast guard’s version of the navy’s 600-tonne Tuo Chiang-class corvettes, which can be refitted with Hsiung Feng II and Hsiung Feng III cruise missiles, they said.
If war breaks out, the coast guard would be incorporated into the navy’s Task Force 62 under the armed forces’ regulations governing the defense of Taiwan proper and Penghu County, the source said.
A separate source said that a Taiwan-US coast guard partnership continues to emphasize disaster response and maritime law enforcement, despite Taipei’s ambitions to transform its coast guard into a second navy.
Meanwhile, Institute for National Defense and Security Research analyst Shu Hsiao-huang (舒孝煌) said the CGA should lobby to be invited to the US-led Rim of the Pacific exercises, as it would allow the coast guard to broaden its participation in Indo-Pacific security matters through its relationship with the US Coast Guard, which regularly plays a significant part in the drills.
Additional reporting by Wu Su-wei
TAIWAN PROTECTION MEASURE: US Army General Charles Flynn would not say where in the Asia-Pacific the missiles would be sent, but only that they would arrive in 2024 The US is to send medium-range missiles including the Standard Missile 6 (SM-6) and Tomahawk to the Asia-Pacific next year to deter a Chinese attack on Taiwan, US military news Web site Defense One reported. The report cited comments US Army General Charles Flynn made during the annual Halifax International Security Forum on Nov. 19. “We have tested them and we have a battery or two of them today,” Flynn was quoted as saying. “In 24. We intend to deploy that system in your region. I’m not going to say where and when. But I will just say that we will
LOYALTY: The 10 active and retired soldiers betrayed the nation and its people by leaking and passing on military secrets to China, the High Prosecutors’ Office said Ten former and current military officers were yesterday indicted on charges of spying for China, including two who allegedly filmed themselves pledging loyalty to Beijing. The High Prosecutors’ Office requested life imprisonment for the suspects in light of the severity of the crime. The 10 active-duty and retired officers included members of the 601st Brigade of the Aviation Special Forces comprising attack helicopter squadrons and elite combat units in charge of defending northern Taiwan, including Taipei. The other suspects came from Huadong Defense Command, in charge of defending the eastern coast; Kinmen Defense Command, in charge of defending Kinmen and Matsu; and one
NO FREE LUNCH: Taiwanese joining the trips to China met TAO and United Front Work officials who urged them to vote for candidates who support closer ties with Beijing The Ciaotou Prosecutors’ Office in Kaohsiung yesterday released two suspects on bail who have been accused of recruiting Taiwanese to join tours to China funded by Beijing and in which they were urged to vote for pan-blue candidates in January’s presidential and legislative elections. The pan-blue camp generally refers to the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), the People First Party, the New Party and the Young China Party, which support closer relations with China. Prosecutors said that a man, surnamed Cheng (鄭), and a woman, surnamed Yeh (葉), who are members of the China Pan-Blue Association, recruited Taiwanese tourists to join tours arranged
The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus yesterday slammed a proposal by New Taipei City Mayor Hou You-yi (侯友宜), the Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) presidential candidate, to permit a “significant number” of Chinese students to study and work in Taiwan, saying it would be detrimental to young Taiwanese. At an event on Monday hosted by nine major industrial and business groups, Hou said that if elected, he would reinitiate cross-strait dialogue on the premise that Taiwan’s dignity would not be compromised and that the talks would be held in good faith. The talks would include lifting a ban on Chinese tour groups and