Legislature questions irregularities over AAV-7 purchase

Taiwan News
Date}: 2015-12-03
By: Ko Lin, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Minister of National Defense Kao Kuang-chi denied speculations that there are irregularities

LY questions irregularities over AAV-7 purchase. Central News Agency

LY questions irregularities over AAV-7 purchase. Central News Agency

concerning the purchase of 12 AAV-7 assault amphibious vehicles from the United States, reports said Thursday.

Rumors recently stemmed within the legislature that the 2015-2019 budget request made by the defense ministry for 36 AAV-7s totaling NT$5.3 billion (US$177 million) do not exactly correspond with the sources quoted by Bloomberg View columnist Josh Rogin.

Earlier last month, a report by Rogin revealed that the Obama administration was prepared to fulfill the list of arms procurements requested by Taiwan, which includes: 12 AAV-7 assault amphibious vehicles, one Apache attack helicopter, FIM-92 Stinger, Javelin fire-and-forget anti-tank missiles, TOW, and among several others.

“Why is it that there is a discrepancy between the two?” Kuomintang Legislator Lin Yu-fang questioned during an interpellation at the legislature in the morning.     [FULL  STORY]

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