Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI)
The Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), established in 1973, is a national research institute primarily engaged in applied technologies. The ITRI undertakes R&D program in micro-electronics, advanced materials, chemicals, computers and communications, energy and resources, automation and machinery, metrology, industrial pollution control, optoelectronics and aviation technology. Its mission is to establish new hi-tech industry and to improve existing industry. The ITRI's research can support the development, production and maintenance of military weaponry systems, notably the magnetron and traveling wave tubes. It also assists in the research of intercom systems within armored vehicles and tactical modem technology.
Through the deregulation of restrictions on out-sourcing contracts for military supplies, qualified private satellite plants for the manufacture and maintenance of weaponry parts have been established under a market competition mechanism. Therefore, over 200 private firms in the field of metal, machinery, electronics, transport vehicles, and precision machinery accept contracts to develop, and manufacture a total of 1,000 parts for armored vehicles, motor vehicles, avionics, ships, aircraft, and missiles. In wartime, these private manufacturers can shift to production for military purposes by supplying weaponry parts, assisting maintenance and offering adequate backup for military operations.
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