Taiwan Army to receive first M1A2T tanks from US in 2022

26-Sep-2019 Intellasia | TaiwanNews | 6:02 AM Print This Post

Training will take place in the US, with the first dozen tanks arriving in Taiwan in 2023

The Army will receive the first of the 108 M1A2T Abrams tanks it ordered from the United States in 2022, with their arrival in Taiwan scheduled for the following year, the Army chief said Wednesday (September 25).

The price tag for the vehicles should not exceed NT$40.5 billion (US$1.3 billion) but will not be known until early next month, Defense minister Yen De-fa told a legislative committee meeting.

The US will first hand over about a dozen of the tanks to the Taiwanese Army in 2022, but they will remain in the country to train Taiwanese instructors before they are shipped to the island in 2023, the Central News Agency reported.

Army Chief of Staff Yang Hai-ming told the legislators that the new tanks were better than their counterparts used by neighbouring countries such as China, Japan and South Korea.

One of the advantages of the M1A2T was that it could use different types of fuel, with the US using military grade jet fuel, though Taiwan might follow the example of Saudi Arabia and use diesel instead, Yang said.

He also assuaged fears by lawmakers that the island’s roads would not be strong enough to suffer many 6-tonne tanks rolling over them, according to CNA.



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