Air Force HQ elucidated the inquiry of renewal process of new training airplanes (Sep. 6, 2016)
Due to the recent inquiry of renewal process of new training airplanes, Air Force HQ said the project was approved by Executive Yuan to purchase 66 new training airplanes to meet the fundamental training requirement to elevate the power of air force
Air Force HQ also said the source quoted by the media was part of the 2015 report of government total budget which indicated the potential shortage in the amount of training airplanes after fully discharging F-5 and AT-3 in 2020 and 2021, respectively. ROC Air Force is aware of the situation and has completed the management of the renewal process and the project will be carried out with caution to keep all training on the track
The report of 30,000 servicemen to be discharged was not a fact, says MND. (Sep.5, 2016)
For the media report that the new government is going to discharge 30,000 servicemen, MND has clarified that the man power deployed is based on the regional situation, enemy threats and military strategies in favor of national policy. The goal to maintain the current force is not changed and the report on media is not a fact.
News from MND: The continuous Holiday of Serviceman in 2016 is not going to bother the operation of Military Hospitals. (August 31, 2016)
The continuous Holiday of Serviceman in 2016 is not going to bother the operation of Military Hospitals.
The Ministry of National Defense has announced that in order to maintain the outstanding medical services the Military Hospitals are still under operation although the upcoming continuous Holiday of Serviceman.
MND said the detailed appointments are revealed on the website of MND-Medical Affairs Bureau and everyone is welcome to check online and/or inquire by phone.
News from Army Sixth Regiment: Interpretation for the incident of damaged main gun of a CM-11 tank after shooting.
For the news report about the incident of “damaged main gun of a CM-11 tank after shooting”, the Army Sixth Regiment said it happened on a CM-11 tank after second shooting when the 2nd Battalion, 542 Brigade was taking part in pre-calibration for Combat Ability Examination in North Examining Centre. The main gun was damaged for unknown reason at the rear of fume extractor, but fortunately no crew was injured.
Army Sixth Regiment told the news media the unit involved in actually had completed the system check before shooting and now all tanks of the same type have been suspended under the order of Army Command Centre. The regiment has assembled an investing team to cooperate with the one from Army Command Centre to understand the real cause.
Q&A over the issue of misfiring the Hsiung-Feng-III missile from a navy vessel Jin-Jiang.
The misfiring incident happened on July 1st on a navy vessel, Jin-Jiang, causing the death of a captain fisherman and brought the limelight of the society and the international. MND is hereby expressing the sincere apology.
After the incident MND and Navy Command Centre had reflected itself by holding three press conferences to explain the detail and penalty of relevant personnel during the time from 1030 to 1900 on July 1st. Due to the discussion among websites and media giving unrealistic and inaccurate theory, MND had come up with Q&A section to provide the correct information on global website to clear the rumors. (http://www.mnd.gov.tw)
1. There is a strong inquiry why Sergeant Kao could fire the highly-classified Hsiung-Feng-III missile alone. Is it possible a “skeptical theory” was involved in or black permission by other Officers on the ship?
a. According to the procedure the missile can be launched by one single man when the whole system is fully set, only if the Weapon Officer and Controlling Chief Sergeant should implement the full inspection to ensure the safety.
b. On the day July 1st the ship was preparing the Examination and thus the missile system was fully set, but the Weapon Officer and Chief Sergeant were not onsite for inspection and left Sergeant Kao alone on the post.
c. In pursuit of perfect performance Sergeant Kao practiced the procedure alone and incorrectly set the system in Combat Model, causing the misfiring.
d. In upshot, the misfiring incident was a result of Captain, Weapon Officer and Controlling Chief Sergeant disregarding the SOP to inspect onsite. The ship was not in accordance with the discipline plus full set of the system and the mistake of selecting the Combat Model. This incident was caused because of a series of mistakes, instead of the rumors saying “skeptical theory”.
2. For the incident to what extent Navy is going to proceed to prevent the similar misfiring from happening again?
A:There has been an order for all similar missile units to fully reflect the SOP and strongly request the discipline and training for personnel. MND is going to begin the inspection and educating session next week in each unit.
3. When President Tsai is on tour, can the three Forces carry out any important or live-fire practice?
A:When the President is on tour, the three Forces keep the scheduled operation. Jin-Jiang ship’s A-level practice is a single-vessel Examination not a war-game subject.
4. Why didn’t the self-destruction work but cause the unfortunate incident after missile in the air?
A:Regularly the self-destruction includes outer and inner one. In a practice or test the outer self-destruction will be installed to ensure safety and the destructive order can be given to missile at any time; while the armed missile only has inner one and the launched missile was not for practice or test.
5. Rumor says Sergeant Kao even hailed the launch. Is it a fact?
A:Through the investigation there was no such hail so no, it’s not a fact.
6. Rumor says Sergeant Kao was Facebooking after the launch and didn’t care about the seriousness. Is it a fact?
A:His phone was under control right after the incident happened. The rumor says nothing about the fact.
7. The fisherman on the damaged fishing boat said after the hit there were only helping vessels of Coast Guard Administration onsite without any military support and helicopter. Any explanation?
A:After the misfiring Navy swiftly deployed one Ji-Yang-class vessel, one Jin-Jiang-class vessel, four missile speedboats and two S-70C helicopters to the targeted sea area for searching and also called Coast Guard Administration for support.
8. As the moment of misfiring there was an ammo-supplying vessel about to anchor and the prow was only 150 meters away from missile. Is it a fact?
A:Through investigation there was no ammo-supplying vessel around at that moment. The report is not true.
9. Why no explosion when the missile hit the fishing boat?
A:The missile is designed to hit military vessels. The structure of the fishing boat is light and vulnerable so that the impact is not strong enough to ignite the warhead.
10. Why did the captain fail to keep the launch keys in safety?
A:There is no launch key for this type of missile system and no need to control the launch through any key. What former captain Mr. Liu Li Shr said “there are lots of steps to launch a missile and the launch key should belong to captain…” was a wrong perspective and it is unfortunate that he knows so little about the system and misleads the society.
11. Media said Sergeant Kao was Facebooking at 1530 on July 1st. Is it a fact?
A:Through the investigation of Navy Command Centre Sergeant Kao was under detention meeting with Lin lieutenant Colonel from MND’s Inspection sector and was not Facebooking.
Army Command Headquarters Issues Press Release Clarifying the Incident of “Aviation and Special Forces Private First Class Falling to Death”
Regarding the media report of “Maladjustment? Special Forces Soldier Falls to Death”, the Aviation and Special Forces Command expressed that, a Private First Class, surnamed Lv, had fallen to his death for reasons unknown at Sun Spring Resort, Jiaoxi Township, Yilan County today (28th) at 0700 am. The case is currently under investigation by the Jiaoxi Police Station.
The Aviation and Special Forces Command indicated that, having completed his parachute training on March 28th this year, the private, surnamed Lv, had reported to his military unit on April 20th and had exhibited no unusual behavior in camp. However, the private revealed his intention to quit the military to his superiors in mid-July. After counseling and guidance, the private submitted his application in August 2nd and the military unit processed the application in accordance with the standard operating procedures. On August 23rd, the order that he was suffering from maladjustment was issued and submitted to the Command Headquarters for approval. All processes were conducted in compliance with the operating regulations without any delays.
Expressing sorrow at the unfortunate incident, the Aviation and Special Forces Command will offer its full cooperation with the police authorities in the case investigation and assist the families with the handling of subsequent matters. The case is now being adapted as a case study to educate the military personnel on the preciousness of life and prevent similar incidents from happening again.
Ministry of National Defense Issues Press Release Stating the Planning for the 2016 “Armed Forces Day” Event (August 26th 2016)
Re: 2016 “Armed Forces Day” Event Series
I. Theme Plan:
Based around the themes of “Honoring the Armed Forces” and “Love for the People”, the 2016 “Armed Forces Day” will plan for a diversity of events to celebrate Armed Forces Day in a manner different from previous years so as to establish a quality military image and educate the people on the concepts of national defense. The event also represented that the military personnel will always stand as one with the people regardless of their posts on the mountaintops or along the coasts to protect our beautiful homeland together.
II. Event Contents:
1. Musical Tribute to the Military:
On September 1st, 0900 am, the event will kick off with the musical performance by the Armed Forces Honor Guard Band, followed by the competition of band performances by six bands, including National Taichung Girls' Senior High School, to pay tribute to the military in an innovative and youthful fashion. The event also offers a variety of weapon and equipment display, as well as exciting and interactive activities. Lasting until 5 pm in the afternoon, all citizens are encouraged to take part.
2. Assembly of Heroes:
On September 2nd, 10 am in the morning, the “Armed Forces Day cum National Defense Education Award Ceremony” will be held at The Grand Hotel for the first time. Officials will arrive personally to issue 145 awards to the outstanding military role models for their exceptional work in national defense. It is a rare honor to be able to gather the heroes together here at The Grand Hotel.
3. Bringing Honor to the Battlefield:
Just as the stadium and jerseys are the battlefield and uniforms of the baseball players, in order to convey the feelings of “Mutual Recognition Between Heroes”, 5000 military personnel and their families will arrive at the Taoyuan Baseball Stadium, clad in their military uniforms on September 2nd, at 6 pm to watch the national competition by the sports heroes. The Ministry of National Defense has arranged for the Military Band and the students of National Defense University to sing the National Anthem before the commencement of the competition. After which, the Air Force will execute an aerial maneuver, comprising of 5 Mirage Fighters to pay tribute to the military and sports heroes.
4. Sharing in the Honor with the Military:
In order to convey the respect and support for the Republic of China Armed Forces, on September 1st, a locally renowned heavy motorcycle group will gather together 30 heavy motorcyclists to ride around Taipei Railway Station as a procession to express their regards to the Bo-Ai Military Base, MND. Through their actions, they wish to express their gratitude for the efforts of the military in combat training and the defense of the country, as well as bringing honor to the military.
5. Sharing in the Prestige:
The military uniform is not only a representation of the people’s expectations. It also represents the duties of the military, and the symbol of honor. In order to create a friendly consumption environment for military personnel, the General Welfare Service has implemented the “Military Discount Plan” and attracted a total of 2,048 retail stores from 34 locally renowned brands, such as Mos Burger, MacDonald’s, Test Rite, Breeze Center, Ambassador Theatre, and E-DA Theme Park to join in the promotion plan. On “Armed Forces Day” on September 3rd, military personnel in military uniforms can get to enjoy discounts at these stores so as to improve the prestige due to the military personnel.
Through a series of events, the 2016 “Armed Forces Day” will demonstrate the vitality of the military personnel, improve public participation in military events, allow the public to gain a better understanding of national defense affairs, and therefore win their support for national defense. At the same time, the event will increase the honor due to military personnel, as well as strengthen their faith and confidence. Besides the “Assembly of Heroes”, the public is welcome to participate in these events.
Ministry of National Defense Issues Press Release Stating that “The Ministry Will Organize the Aviation Industry Development Forum at National Cheng Kung University on August 26th at 0900 am”(August 25th 2016)
The Ministry of National Defense expressed today (25th) that, in order to expand the success of the domestic production of indigenous fighters, and further promote the implementation of the indigenous production policies, the Ministry plans to organize the “Aviation Industry Development Forum” at National Cheng Kung University on August 26th, hosted by Deputy Minister of National Defense Lieutenant General Bo Hong-Hui, Tainan Mayor Lai Ching-Te and Legislator Wang Ding-Yu will arrive personally to give theme speeches.
The Ministry indicated that, the theme speeches of “Promoting the Development of Aviation Industry Based on the Future Visions of the Overall Planning of the Domestic Production of Indigenous Fighters” and “Converging Industrial, Academic, and Research Resources to Support the Development of the Aviation Industry” will be used as the themes for the forum discussion. In addition, the committee members of the Foreign and National Defense Committee, Legislative Yuan, representatives of related departments, local universities, as well as the management supervisors of aviation related industries are also invited to participate in the forum so as to broaden the influx of suggestions from the industrial, government, academic, and research sectors to be used as reference for the “Development Strategies for National Defense Industries”.
The Ministry stressed that, in order to promote the autonomy in national defense and the development of national defense industries, a national defense industry development task force is established. Under the conditions of adequate support for indigenous fighter production, such as domestic talents, technology, equipment, and time, the Ministry of National Defense may promote the domestic production of indigenous fighters in accordance with our national defense demands so as to establish an independent and autonomous national defense. At the same time, through the integration of industrial, government, academic, and research technology and resources, the Ministry can actively convert the research successes and share the successes with the private industries to promote the common development of national defense and national economy.
Ministry of National Defense Issues Press Release Stating “The Last Stage Evaluation and Planning Pertaining to the Military Service Required of Military Draftees Born Before 1993 will be Disclosed to Public upon Conclusion” (August 13th 2016)
The Ministry of National Defense expressed today (13th) that, regarding the military draftees born before 1993, the Ministry is still making last stage evaluations and planning for the one year military service or alternative military service. Upon reaching a conclusion, the decision will be disclosed to the public by the Ministry.
The Ministry of National Defense stressed that, regarding the military draftees born after 1994, the current policy of four months of military service or alternative military service will not be subject to changes.
Army Command Headquarters Issues Press Release Clarifying the Issue of “Apache and Cobra Helicopters Fail to Strike Targets During Han Kuang Exercise”
Regarding the media report of “Apache and Cobra Helicopters Fail to Strike Targets During Han Kuang Exercise”, the Army Command Headquarters clarified today (23rd) that the 30 guns and missiles are weapons of area effect and that the firing exercise had encompassed the target area.
The Army Command Headquarters indicated that the weapon firing and suspension lifting of the helicopter are the equipment-swapping training items of the UH-60M and UH-60M helicopters. In accordance with the building plans of new forces, the Army is conducting a live-firing test in conjunction with the Han Kuang Exercise. Although the two helicopter models are currently not yet fully implemented in the military structure, training has never been disrupted and the Han Kuang Exercise is also part of the training program. The military personnel participating in the exercise are proud to be a part of the training as they dedicate their utmost efforts in the training in the hopes of becoming a strong force. Their efforts will also need to the continued support from the citizens of Taiwan.
The Army Command Headquarters stressed that, the exercise will put the training progress of joint combat warfare to the test to verify its efficacy and allow for the identification of room for future improvements. The Army will humbly accept any criticisms and reviews to ensure improvements and live up to the expectations of the people.