MISSILE DEAL:The defense ministry’s decision not to sue Vtron, owned by Eric Chu’s father-in-law, may have robbed the government of NT$30 million, the TSU said
Date: Oct 27, 2015
By: Chang Hsiao-ti and Jake Chung / Staff reporter, with staff writer
Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman and presidential candidate Eric Chu (朱立倫)
might have pulled some strings to bring about an out-of-court settlement between the Ministry of National Defense and Vtron Technology, the Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) caucus said yesterday.
TSU caucus convener Lai Chen-chang (賴振昌) told a press conference that Vtron owner Kao Yu-jen (高育仁), Chu’s father-in-law, won a ministry contract in 2013 to manufacture key components for the Tien Chien II (TC-2), a medium-range air-to-air missile, by tendering a bid that was 35 percent below the minimum and failed to deliver.
Vtron’s successful bid generated doubts in the arms manufacturing industry from the outset and Vtron did not disappoint, drawing a complete blank in terms of development, Lai said, adding it was very suspicious that the ministry had a sudden change of heart and did not pursue legal action against Vtron. [FULL STORY]