U.S. experts say Taiwan should follow the example of Israel’s development of weapons manufacturing
data for: the development of Taiwan’s “glory” -3 supersonic anti-ship missiles
well-known military historian and American foreign policy analyst Max ? Butt ( Max Boot) 11 at the “Comments” (commentary) magazine wrote, because the mainland’s military buildup accelerates the PLA, Taiwan should follow the Israeli model to strengthen the combat power to counter, on the one hand to receive U.S. aid, the other to develop its aerospace and weapons manufacturing.
Butt said that in recent years, ongoing military buildup in China, annual double-digit increase in defense spending, deployment of missiles across the Taiwan Strait side of the estimated number of about 2000. In addition, it is also developing a new stealth aircraft, aircraft carriers, networks, and space weapons, submarines and aircraft carriers to the U.S. targeted the “aircraft carrier killer” missile.
Butt said, the Taiwan region, the problem is that mainland China is more successful from the diplomatic and military isolation of Taiwan. The United States is Taiwan’s main may be the only “allies”, although the U.S. commitment to “defend” Taiwan, but Washington is worried that public support for Taiwan’s mainland will lead to overreaction.
last year, the administration approved a $ 60 billion in arms sales to Taiwan, but these arms are the “defensive” system, including “Black Hawk” helicopters and “Patriot” missiles . Taiwan really want to get is to replace its aging air force’s new F-16 fighters, as well as diesel-electric submarines. These systems can be of any attempt to enter the island’s armed forces pose a potential threat. However, after the United States since 1992, had again not to sell Taiwan F-16 fighters. In 2001, the Bush administration has approved Taiwan’s symbolic of the submarine procurement request, but the acquiescence of the White House, the Pentagon shelved the project.
Journal article said the United States, faced with these restrictions, Taiwan is very wise to take a self-service policy. It has just unveiled a self-produced a ten missile squadron consisting of missile boats, and there are reports saying is also developing two new missiles can hit the mainland. Bout held that the cruise missile is a very wise decision, because the mainland because the island has been amazing deterrent military construction damage, and the new cruise missile R & D is to make people see the dawn of the island to improve deterrence. He said that if Taiwan has the ability to destroy the dam and other facilities in the mainland, the mainland if the use of force, it will certainly think twice. Journal article said the United States, but the bout that Taiwan must further – it should try to develop more powerful military-industrial island, reducing the uncertainty of the future increasingly dependent on U.S. support. Why not try and build Taiwan diesel-electric submarines or fighter planes it? While the challenges are great, but for economic development and advanced technology, Taiwan is concerned, this is not insurmountable difficulties.
Journal article said the United States, Butt pointed out that Israel is a successful example. U.S. assistance, Israel has built a national aviation industry and arms production sector, to produce the “Merkava (Merkava)” tanks, Uzi submachine gun, “Iron Dome” (Iron Dome) and a variety of non-missile defense system man-machine and other advanced platforms and weapon systems. Taiwan has no reason not to follow Israel – after all, a larger area of ??Taiwan, and the more affluent (GDP and its population is almost four times that of Israel). The problem is that Taiwan is not invested in the defense – the defense of Israel in the field of investment accounted for 7.3% of GDP, while Taiwan accounted for only 2.7%.
Journal article said the United States, and finally the bout, said the U.S. needs to help defend Taiwan in the promise of more commitment to avoid the mainland by force reunification with Taiwan. However, Taiwan also needs to make more effort to self-defense, or in the near future it will face serious challenges. (Spring)