The Taiwanese military confirmed its intentions to increase the tank component in the ranks of the army and simultaneously modernize. At the same time, the command notes, that "the United States of America will provide assistance in this regard". Reports say, that for the modernization of the fleet of armored vehicles of the Sixth Army Corps of Taiwan will be allocated about 1,3 billion.
The Taiwanese military command intends to purchase M1A2T Abrams tanks from the United States. The first shipment must arrive on the island at 2023 year. Total, Americans will sell over a hundred to Taiwan (108) their tanks, the last batch of which will be delivered to the Taiwanese army in 2026 year.
Aware of, that the United States sent its specialists to Taiwan to train local military personnel in the operation of the Abrams tanks of the M1A2T version. In turn, Taiwan will send 84 their military personnel in the United States, where they will receive additional training at American military bases. 36 people from 84 - tankers, the rest are technical staff.
In Taiwan itself, they are going to create a training center with a Kengzikou tank range in Hsinchu County. The landfill will be equipped with the latest equipment, including fixed and moving targets, "Responsive" to laser signals, simulating defeat.
At the moment, the Taiwanese army has approximately 1 thousand. tanks, including 50 tonne CM-11 Brave Tiger and 46.2 tonne M60A3 American design late 1950s.
Taiwan Armed Forces Command:
In light of the growing threat from Beijing, we need to improve our military-technical capabilities. Allies from the USA will help us in modernizing the tank component.