Taiwan antique weapons inventory: 60 submarines in service to the elderly can no longer repair
Taiwan navy fitted out in the 60-year-old old sea lion numbers ship diesel-electric submarines
Taiwan’s” Maverick “missiles already archaic, the minimum range of 18 kilometers from the original” shrink “to only 9 km, and even some ordinary gliding aerial bombs are not as
Navy Kidd-class destroyers Taiwan has been facing shortage of material and spare parts maintenance crisis, several exercises in the “Kidd” level are to be sunk end.
Taiwan Army M60A3 main battle tanks and combat power is not improved, such as PLA amphibious tanks and light armored vehicles.
Taiwan News Network December 4 (Strait Herald reporter Liu Qiang) Speaking of military procurement, Taiwan’s military beach-goers seem to put on a look, F16C/D has not won, his eyes already eyeing the F- 35 fighters, Aegis warships and military satellites. But in fact, open appearance of the bright lights of the Taiwan military ammunition depot, which is not on the table really a lot of broken arms. Today, we take stock of what some of Taiwan’s representation of antique weapons, military procurement price to see for many years, she saved in the end what kind of foundation.
“cow” missile missiles even as bombs
2007, the U.S. Department of Defense announced agreed to sell 450 missiles to Taiwan, including 235 AGM-65 “Maverick” ground missiles, Taiwan has long been re-sell some of the “Maverick” missiles, mainly because Taiwan has been the “Maverick” has become a “cow” missile had.
“Maverick” missile is a U.S. air, sea and Marine Corps fighters of the air-missiles, mainly used to attack tanks, armored vehicles, artillery positions, reinforced concrete bunkers, fortifications and other hardware goals. It was the mid-1960s started to develop, in 1971 production, the existing A, B, C, D, E, F, G and other models. In 1977, Taiwan ordered 500 to the United States, “Dallas B”-type missiles, mainly used to attack ground and surface targets.
present, Taiwan is still a stock of more than 100 of the missiles, these missiles are in the age of 30 years playing around, most of the Taiwan military officers and men older than the bigger, serious aging airframe structures, already from the “Maverick” into a “cow.” Many Air Force pilots privately revealed that Taiwan’s “Maverick” missiles already archaic, the minimum range of 18 kilometers from the original actually “shrink” to only 9 km, and even some ordinary gliding aerial bombs are not as !
In addition, the television images of the missile guidance system has also been guided far behind, vulnerable Yean, rain, snow, clouds and other natural factors, only blue skies in the daytime to work properly when launched, rest of the time there is no combat capability at all.
“grandfather” the submarine at any time become a “living funeral”
Recently, the Taiwan a 60 “old” balance of submarines shell tanks Jingxian cracks, pressure shell of a problem, once the dive depth is too large, the pressure in the shell of metal fatigue will be flattened, the entire submarine sailor in an instant into a “living coffin.”
submarine accident Taiwan from the United States in 1973 bought second-hand old boat “Sea Lion” was, it also has a sister boat — “seal” with the service in Taiwan. The two submarine launched in 1945, had participated in the war against Japan. So far, the two submarines in service time more than 60 years, setting a world record time for the submarine service, it has been dubbed the “grandfathered” the submarine.
“Sea Lion” in question, the “seal” was not much better. Taiwan due to improper maintenance, “seal” of the battery compartment and the cabin has long been after the deformation, even for simple navigation of the water will be a serious shock, so that officers and men on the boat getting scared.
As the two boats over the life of the already limited, many devices have to repair the old was no longer the point. Taiwan has two boats ask for advice on the maintenance of the U.S. military, the American response is simple: “do not answer, because it had never seen a diesel-electric submarines can be used for so long.” Even more frightening is that Taiwan has no independent submarine rescue capabilities.
“presbyopia” latent anti-submarine aircraft you fly you I my
a long time, anti-submarine warfare capability has been the focus of Taiwan’s development. Currently, Taiwan’s main anti-submarine warfare forces naval convoy ship owned by a carrier-based helicopters and purchased from the U.S. military more than 20 fixed-wing aircraft S-2T anti-submarine aircraft components. The S-2T-type anti-submarine aircraft in peacetime only on the left camp, Kaohsiung, Taiwan’s main naval vessels to patrol the waters near the Zhubo. In the absence of sufficient anti-submarine depth of the case, Taiwan’s navy is difficult to ensure all major ports in Taiwan’s security.
Taiwan has been equipped with 26 S-2T-type anti-submarine aircraft, the earliest use of the models can be traced back to 1966, average age 40 years, performance has seriously lagged behind, only 5 percent of the daily proper rate.
Taiwan media have been rumors that the U.S. “Kitty Hawk” has been the PLA “Song” class submarines to track and monitor both sides once the confrontation 28 hours. During this period, the sea has been a routine reconnaissance patrol of the Taiwan military S-2T anti-submarine aircraft makes light of this situation without any notice, or after the pipeline by the U.S. intelligence learned that Taiwan’s navy is very embarrassing.
to replace these “master machine”, Taiwan’s U.S. $ 4.1 billion purchase of retired P-3C anti-submarine sealed machine, bored with obsolete weapons from a shift to another obsolete weapons.
“landing” torpedo uncontrolled “iron dolphin”
Taiwan Navy’s submarine force as an important member, “Whale Hunting” torpedo is the station Navy ace underwater weapons. 1984 to 1987, the Taiwan authorities through Indonesia to one hundred million yuan each costing NT $ “price” buy the two groups of German “SUT” dual-purpose anti-ship anti-submarine torpedoes. This torpedo has a warhead weighing 260 kilograms, enough is said to hit a single mine thousands of tons of destroyers, naval units will therefore be named “whale hunt”, hoping to emphasize its strong ability to strike.
However, the “whale hunt” torpedoes in the hands of Taiwan is a veritable “junk weapons.” As the torpedoes are very expensive, play a little one on, out of stock can make up for the Taiwan military exercises rarely use it, but only a few live tests in on the sudden, a series of “own” the event. In 2003, Taiwan held a “Han Kuang 19″ exercise, to show the submarine “underwater combat power”, the Taiwan Navy specially arranged for the first time in public, “Whale Hunting” torpedo live ammunition, resulting in the first test, the torpedo minutes after the loss of signal injection, to determine the torpedo may lead fracture. Fear of loss of control to capture the submarine’s torpedo noise signal and hit the boat, the captain ordered the submarine “emergency dive,” and quickly left the area. Taiwan determined to “torpedo sink to the bottom for some reason self-destruction,” but actually threw a torpedo has been washed out of control While the beach, still “landing point” four spin. Local fishermen also considered to be one of the dolphins strayed into shallow waters, was scared half to death in Taiwan quickly sent their salvage it.
ashore to compensate for the adverse impact of the torpedo, fired again after the Taiwan Navy torpedo, but the torpedo wire has broken, still did not hit the target. Tested until the third degree, in the “admiral” Miao Yongqing a public apology and the sound of the third torpedo was “disappointing” to hit the target ship.
Kidd “target ship” drill “not sinking”
in surface ships, the Taiwan military is equally bleak. Such as the 1940s into the water, “Yang” famous destroyers, converted from the transport ship “Mountain” series gunboat, and the “Zionist” was “offensive” and “sweep” was gunboats. These ships in service for more than half a century, known as the Taiwan Navy’s “great grandfather” class weapons, so that the ships of the photos, has often been mistaken for the “war” in the rare historical footage.
even if the Taiwan authorities have boasted that “see far, but also played the longest,” the main warships — “Keelung” No. “Su-ao” and “Makung” number, “left Camp “No.” Kidd “ship, is also removed from the military for many years,” a senior soldier, “the.
the late 1990s, the Taiwan authorities to seek from the U.S. “Aegis” guided missile destroyers. Cunning Americans are forcibly archived four “Kidd” class to $ 875 million “scrap” price to sell to Taiwan. Recalling its history, “Kidd” class destroyer is the U.S. to Iran in 1974, “tailored” to simplify the export version, allegedly the most remarkable is the air conditioning system. Because Iran did not buy the end, the U.S. Navy was forced to take over the fundamental Qiaobu Shang them directly out of naval vessels on the inclusion of the list. Sold to Taiwan, “Kidd” class ship has been sealed for nearly a decade with its peers, U.S. warships have all been eliminated, and some even became a target ship at sea. April 11, 2004, the U.S. submarine with a Mk-48 torpedoes sank the destroyer the same level, “John Young” number, which was even greater than the time of the water sold to Taiwan, “Kidd” class even later a years.
“Kidd” class ship entered service in Taiwan, the spare parts for ship combat system has long been discontinued, spare parts has been facing crisis of shortage of material and maintenance of the future but even the missiles can not hit out. Both second-hand and second-rate because of its performance, several exercises in Taiwan, “Kidd” class have to be sunk end, the fastest time on the battlefield only adhere to the bottom of the sea 20 minutes. When he was “Defense Minister” Li Jie had ordered, in a later exercise “can not sink ‘Kidd’ ship.”
“reef” tank aged slow embarrassing Dayong
finished the Navy, say that the Army’s weapons. Taiwan armored units in the spread of a joke: Once the ground war broke out, the PLA troops will see the tanks pending applications for parts of Taiwan’s “one less call” war-free card that read: “Sorry, this car is still to be expected in being unable to fight. “
Taiwan that ridicule is a reason. Taiwan currently has three active main tank models — CM-11, CM-12 and M60A3, are all second-generation main battle tanks World War II. The largest number of them, the best performance from the U.S. to buy 460 M60A3 main battle tanks. However, this since the 1970s began serving in the military tanks from the day to enter Taiwan’s military has been behind the times, when the U.S. tanks out of the same model sold in the international big, and the rest directly to sink the sea, fish and attract tourists as artificial reefs. The CM-11 and CM-12 tank is part of Taiwan with American tanks put together “assembly goods”, the performance is worse than the M60A3. Taiwan recognized that the three tanks are now or whether it is fire protection capabilities are out of date, let alone with the PLA’s newest main tank to compete, even on the People’s Liberation Army and other light armored amphibious tanks are not dominant.
Taiwan’s armed forces on land as the main assault weapon, M60A3 a 105 mm rifled gun, lethality poor. The maximum speed of only 48.28 km/h, can not meet the future requirements of high-speed mobility on the battlefield. As the weight is too large, with Taiwan terrain, motorized use are more restricted in wartime. The series of tanks, there are two fatal flaws: First, the turret by the hydraulic system, easy to hit the impact of the projectile will hit the hydraulic pipe leak, easily caught fire and exploded; Second, oil tanks, bomb storage area smaller spacing, when hit detonation occurred, causing a chain reaction, resulting in fatal car crash. U.S. M60A3 tanks and soldiers driving once joked: “We are the world’s most eye-catching tank crews.”
Today, M60A3 has over 30 years of age, and Taiwan armored forces officers age very, Taiwan Founder dress in military procurement efforts through the main battle tank.