Taiwan’s “Academia Sinica” plan the transition to self-financing arms (Figure)
data for: developed by Taiwan’s Hsiung Feng anti-ship missile -2
newspaper freelance writer Tian Jianwei
years,” Zhongshan Scientific Research Institute “has been developed in Taiwan sophisticated weapons of the city, which not only developed IDF fighters, and various types of tactical missiles, and almost come up with nuclear weapons. However, Taiwan vigorously in the past ten years, purchased weapons, and equipment to make the island self-development capability stagnant, “Academia Sinica” down low morale, long lost its former glory.
According to Taiwan, “Central News Agency,” February 4 news, Taiwan’s “Defense Ministry” as to “Academia Sinica” find a way out, intended to be “administrative body” of the restructuring. According to the plan, “Academia Sinica” in the future will be self-financing, even the highly sensitive weapons sales will become its main business, the military will support the provision of facilities and equipment to help, “Academia Sinica” helping hand.
research center for internal frictions
since the 1960s, “Academia Sinica” rely on Taiwan’s human and material resources to support its inception, various research institutes and the military In this culture frequently caused friction within the military research center. The island, “Liberty Times” has revealed that many researchers in charge of military disgruntled, the troops in the prevalence of nepotism and “lip” style dislike. The researchers put Taiwan at every turn as a “big military” management, likes red tape, but also researchers hated. In addition, the Taiwan military like the “small mass” of habit, a department personnel Zengyin poor budget execution, director personally lead their subordinates to recalculate cost, unavoidably a non-leakage, the results take too much time delay progress in the development of new equipment.
“Academia Sinica” Most staff are closely aligned with the research program, “program dependent” as its personnel characteristics. “Free Times” said the “Defense Ministry” in recent years preferred outsourcing, lack of confidence on the home-made weapons, a thousand billion New Taiwan dollars of investment each year to carve, “Academia Sinica” less than 20%, after by the maintenance of existing equipment alone struggling, and has enough of the 1980 budget year for the formation of huge contrast. This allows public to eat rice, “Academia Sinica” employee often a sense of an uncertain future, many have enthusiastically participated in “self defense” in civil industry, is already frustrated.
opportunity to enhance the disarmament performance
for Taiwan’s “Defense Ministry” efforts to promote the “executive body” of reform, insiders admitted that this may be ” Academia Sinica “last chance to turn around. According to the plan, “Academia Sinica” in the future in addition to continued research funding, but also rely on export subsidies for living weapons, not only duty-free imports of military spare parts, arms sales income will be exempt from sales tax, which have contributed to enhance its market competitiveness.
“Academia Sinica” in the heyday of 20,000 employees, now there are about 8,000 people, divided into military, civilian and appointments. Taiwan ideas, servicemen who are willing to turn to corporate-oriented, “Academia Sinica”, official, incentive, insurance, retirement and pensions and so on remain unchanged. Major service officers for more than 20 years in the “Academia Sinica”, when retired, will be an extra one-time seven-month pension to the total civilian employment of personnel and similar. Considering not everyone is willing to go to the body of the “Academia Sinica” worked, the extra military personnel to ensure that Taiwan will try to digest within the armed forces. But “Defense Ministry” and he himself was thin, to find job openings with no small difficulty, if there is no chance these people can only veterans.
According to analysis, “Academia Sinica” restructuring coincided with Taiwan’s largest disarmament, thousands of people as a whole out of the military system, will help “Defense Ministry” beautification book figures, can be considered disarmament performance. If after the reform of the “Academia Sinica” continue to operate poorly, can not achieve the original purpose of the establishment, as the supervisory authority of the “Defense Ministry” can also be brought to “government” dissolved, “Academia Sinica”, will continue to be the appointment of staff, “Department of Defense “to assist placement and inheritance” Academia Sinica “assets and liabilities.
after the transformation more convenient to sell arms?
Currently, Taiwan’s “Academia Sinica” There are many research and development program, including electronic warfare systems, ramjet, electromagnetic pulse bombs, anti-ship missiles, air defense missiles, air to air missiles. These plans are based on “Defense Ministry” requirements, but because many of the key components imported from the United States, once the situation has changed, the related projects will be affected, such as “Treasures”-2E cruise missiles on the key components for the United States “stuck” and delayed the development progress. In addition to traveling wave tube amplifiers, laser gyroscopes and other more-known US-made components, the “Academia Sinica” some components imported from Europe often been making things difficult, and inconsistent quality. Its transformation into “administrative body”, the ability to improve the status quo is also worth watching.
external situation of distress due to Taiwan, “Academia Sinica” the export of arms by many real factors. “Free Times” reported that there was a country through various channels to express Taiwan’s procurement of the “Hsiung Feng” -2 anti-ship missiles will assist Taiwan in exchange for other countries in the region with the development of “diplomatic.” But Taiwan’s military that the missile has a range of 150 km, while the buyer is not obvious hostile neighboring countries, missile sales worth, affect Taiwan’s “international image”, were dropped.
the future, “Academia Sinica” after the reform, such “self-handicapping” may relax a little, because even if Taiwan does not sell weapons to other countries will sell, but also by selling arms to other countries with more established long-term relationship. After all, some Third World countries the military is the main ruling party, to cooperate with real benefits to Taiwan.
Other analysts believe that the relative hardware, software and technology, the output is relatively invisible. If the “Academia Sinica” to assist the development of missile systems in some countries is also not a bad idea, both without worrying about the outflow of core technologies, but also reduce the political sensitivity.