06 Oct '17, 3pm

Giving up on Abrams tank acquisition, Taiwan moves to upgrade its M60A3 tanks

Giving up on Abrams tank acquisition, Taiwan moves to upgrade its M60A3 tanks

MELBOURNE, Australia ― Taiwan appears to have conceded defeat in its quest to acquire surplus M1 Abrams tanks from the United States, with local media reporting that the East Asian country will now look at ways to locally upgrade the M60A3 main battle tanks it has in service. According to the United Daily News newspaper, Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense will allocate approximately $6.57 million dollars to the state-owned National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology, or NCSIST, to develop an upgrade program for the approximately 450 M60A3 TTS tanks operated by Taiwan’s Army. The program, scheduled to begin in 2018, will look at replacing the main gun from the 105mm M68 to a new 120mm weapon, as well as upgrading the ballistics computer, turret hydraulics and other systems. Taiwan to acquire Orbital ATK cannons for local vehicle program The cannons will be in...

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