ROC to send observers to US Armed Forces training
Taiwan’s Army will send a mechanized infantry platoon to Hawaii later this year to observe a U.S. military training session that will feature eight-wheeled armored combat vehicles, a local newspaper reported Saturday.
The platoon will also pay attention to the strategic deployment of such vehicles, the Chinese- language United Evening News reported.
Ministry of National Defense spokesman Maj. Gen. Luo Shouhe, however, declined to confirm the newspaper report.
According to the report, the Army’s mechanized infantry brigades are in the process of replacing their aging armored vehicles with the locally developed eight- wheeled CM- 32 “Clouded Leopard.”
The new exchange program with the U.S. was initiated so that Taiwan’s Army could learn more about the operation and deployment of eight- wheeled armored combat vehicles, the report said.
The Army will send the mechanized infantry platoon to a U.S. military base in Hawaii in the second half of the year to observe their training, the report said.
Last year, Taiwan’s Army sent a scout platoon on an eight-week training session with U.S. soldiers, the paper said.
Military exchanges between the two countries have been growing in recent years, although they do not have official diplomatic relations.