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Republic of China Army (ROCA)
Brigade Order of Battle

Mike Huang provided the only available analysis of ROCA Brigade organization. This is particularly important since the Brigade is the fundamental unit of Taiwan's army.

An armored Infantry brigade is comprised of both armored Infantry and Armor battalions with an emphasis on strike power, recon capability, mobility, flexible command, and self-sustained logistic support. In peacetime its role is to serve as an area emergency response unit and has the capabilities to perform anti-assault, anti-landing, anti-infiltration, and anti-sabotage missions. Its wartime role is to serve as a mobile strike force of an operations district, and may be responsible for counterattack, anti-landing, and defensive missions.

There is no significant difference between an Armor brigade and an armored Infantry brigade. Both share similar assets and roles. An Armor brigade has 3 Armor battalions and 2 armored Infantry battalions while an armored Infantry brigade has 2 Armor and 3 armored Infantry battalions. At the company level, an Armor brigade has 8 Armor companies and 7 armored Infantry companies versus 7 Armor companies and 8 armored Infantry companies on an armored Infantry brigade.

BrigadeBattalion
Company
1 Brigade HQ
Company HQ
2 CM11, CM12, or M60A3TTS
2 MS77
2 CM21
? Humvee
1 Signals Company
18 M1042 communications vehicles
1 Engineer Company
3 M48A5 bridging vehicles
M9 combat engineer vehicles
CM21 IFVs
? engineering vehicles
1 Armored Cavalry Company
6 M41
12 V150S
? CM21
1 Anti-Armor Company
12 M113 TOW launchers
2 Armor Battalions (1 Battalion HQ/ Company HQ)
Company HQ
2 CM11, CM12, or M60A3TTS
2 MS77
2 CM21
? Humvee
2 Armor Companies (each has)
14 CM11, CM12, or M60A3TTS
1 Armored Infantry Company
13 CM21 or M113
3 Armored Infantry Battalions (each has 1 Battalion HQ/ Company HQ)
Company HQ
2 CM11, CM12, or M60A3TTS
2 MS77
2 CM21
? Humvee
2 Armored Infantry Companies (each has)
13 CM21 or M113
1 Armor Company
14 CM11, CM12, or M60A3TSS
1 Armored Artillery Battalion (each has 1 Battalion HQ/ Company HQ)
Company HQ
1 M113
4 M577
? Humvee
4 Artillery Companies
6 M109A2
6 CM24
1 heavy transport vehicle
1 Support Battalion
1 Service Company
5 Humvees
1 Medical Company
M 113 Ambulance
4 M997 Ambulance
2 Humvees
1 Maintenance and Repair Company
2 M88A1
2 M936A2
4 engineering vans
1 Supply Company
2 M978
2 5-ton fuel trucks
2 M931 tractors
6 heavy transports
2 Humvees

Armored Infantry Brigade

An armored infantry brigade is formed with armored infantry and armor battalions with emphasis on strike power, recon capability, mobility, flexible command, and self-sustained logistic support. Its peacetime role is to serve as an area emergency response unit, and performs anti-assault, anti-landing, anti-infiltration, and anti-sabotage missions as required. Its wartime role is to serve as a mobile strike force of an operations district, and may be responsible for counterattack, anti-landing, and defensive missions.

An armor brigade does not differ significantly from an armored infantry brigade in assets and roles. Not counting support units, the only difference is that an armor brigade has 3 armor battalions and 2 armored infantry battalions while an armored infantry brigade has 2 and 3, respectively. However, counting down to the company level, the difference is narrowed to just one company. An armor brigade would have 8 armor companies and 7 armored infantry companies versus 7 armored companies and 8 armored infantry companies on an armored infantry brigade.

All armored infantry brigades are numbered 3xx, whereas all armor brigades are numbered 5xx.

A full armored infantry brigade has approximately 4,000 officers and oldiers. Below is the speculative TO & E compiled based on publicly-available sources:


  • 1 Brigade HQ and HQ Company
    • 2 CM11, CM12, or M60A3TTS
    • 2 M577
    • 2 CM21
    • ? HUMVEE

  • 1 Signals Company
    • 18 M1042 communication vehicles (CTM-218 multi-channel radios)

  • 1 Engineer Company
    • 3 M48A5 bridging vehicles
    • M9 combat enginner vehicles
    • CM21 IFVs
    • ? engineering vehicles

  • 1 Armored Cavalry Company
    • 6 M41
    • 12 V150S
    • ? CM21

  • 1 Anti-Armor Company
    • 12 M113 TOW launchers

  • 1 Military Police Platoon
  • 2 Armor Battalions, each has
    • 1 Battalion HQ and HQ Company
      • 2 CM11, CM12, or M60A3TTS
      • 2 M577
      • 8 M113
      • ? HUMVEE

    • 2 Armor Companies, each has

      • 14 CM11, CM12, or M60A3TTS

    • 1 Armored Infantry Company
      • 13 CM21 or M113

  • 3 Armored Infantry Battalions, each has
    • 1 Battalion HQ and HQ Company
      • 1 CM21 or M113
      • 12 M113
      • ? HUMVEE
      • ? M151

    • 2 Armored Infantry Companies, each has
      • 13 CM21 or M113

    • 1 Armor Company
      • 14 CM11, CM12, or M60A3TTS

  • 1 Armored Artillery Battalion
    • 1 Battalion HQ and HQ Company
      • 1 M113
      • 4 M577
      • ? HUMVEE

    • up to 4 Artillery Companies, each has
      • 6 M109A2
      • 6 CM24
      • 1 heavy transport vehicle

  • 1 Support Battalion
    • 1 Service Company
      • 5 HUMVEE

    • 1 Medical Company
      • 4 M113 Ambulance
      • 4 M997 Ambulance
      • 2 HUMVEE

    • 1 Maintenance and Repair Company
      • 2 M88A1
      • 2 M936A2
      • 4 engineering vans

    • 1 Supply Company
      • 2 M978
      • 2 5-ton fuel trucks
      • 2 M931 tractors
      • 6 heavy transports
      • 2 HUMVEE

Air Cavalry Brigade

An air cavalry brigade is organized for vertical warfare, with very high degree of mobility and rapid response time free from terrain restrictions. It is formed with assets from the former aviation groups and land combat units from independent airborne brigades with organic logistics and maintenance support.


In peacetime, an air cavalry brigade serves as an area reserve and response unit under the control of an operations district. In wartime, it serves as strategic reserve of the MND or ROCA GHQ and may be used to reinforce various operations districts. Three air cavalry brigades, the 601, 602, and 603, are currently deployed in Norther, Central, and Southern Taiwan, respectively.

A full air cavalry brigade has approximately 2,000 officers and soldiers. Below is a speculative TO&E compiled based on publicly-available sources:

  • 1 Brigade HQ and HQ Company
    • 2 UH1H
    • 1 OH58D

  • 1 SAM Platoon
  • 1 Military Police Platoon
  • 1 Combat Scout Helicopter Battalion

    • Battalion HQ and HQ Company
      • 2 UH1H

    • 2 Combat Scout Helicopter Squadrons, each has
      • 11 OH58D

  • 1 Attack Helicopter Battalion

    • Battalion HQ and HQ Company
      • 2 UH1H

    • 2 Attack Helicopter Squadrons, each has <UL
    • 10 AH1W

  • 2 Assault Helicopter Battalions, each has

    • Battalion HQ and HQ Company
      • 2 UH1H

    • 2 Assault Helicopter Squadrons, each has
      • 10 UH1H

  • 1 Transport Helicopter Battalion
    • 2 UH1H
    • ? CH47D

  • 1 Special Operations Infantry Battalion
    • Battalion HQ and HQ Company
    • 3 Infantry Companies
    • 1 Weapons Company
      • ? mortars
      • ? TOW ATGMs

  • 1 Support Battalion
    • 2 UH1H
    • ? M978
    • ? support vehicles

  • 1 Maintenance and Repair Depot



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