By: Matt Yu and Joseph Yeh
Taipei, Aug. 31 (CNA) Taiwan's military has allocated budgets to buy Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (TUAVs), underwater vehicles, and to improve its radar surveillance and camouflage capabilities in response to the increasing military threat from China, according to a defense budget proposal it submitted to lawmakers for review on Monday.
The 2021 defense budget proposal the military sent to the Legislative Yuan pending approval shows that the Army is seeking to spend NT$779 million (US$26 million) to buy 50 TUAVs to boost its newly formed combined arms battalions' early warning and response capability from fiscal year 2021 to 2023.
The Navy wants to spend another NT$213 million from 2021 to 2022 to purchase 12 underwater vehicles to boost its amphibious forces' mobility.
Between 2021 to 2030, the Navy is also planning to spend a total of NT$5.05 billion to overhaul its existing radar stations that monitor the waters surrounding the country. [FULL STORY]