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Republic of China Marine Corps [ROCMC] Modernization

The Taiwan Marine Corps has used the Landing Vehicle, Tracked, Personnel, Mark 5 for many years. The LVTP5 is a large vehicle with an inverted V-shaped bow that was built for a more efficient water operation and its date of acceptance was 1956. Since then many advances have been made in equipment technology and vehicle capabilities. The equipment Taiwan uses is very old, but the budget is very limited and it is difficult to procure new equipment.

The AAV Reliability, Availability, Maintainability/Rebuild to Standard Program, for the Marine Corps Maintenance Centers and in Barstow, Calif., was approved in June 1997 as a new start-acquisition program beginning in October 1998, with a maximum four-year production duration. Additionally, industry is expected to remain in its current location within the Logistics Command in support of this work effort and future FMS requirements should they arise. The contract between the U.S. Marine Corps and the Taiwan Marine Corps is an estimated $180 million.

In October 2002 the US Defence Security Cooperation Agency notified the US Congress of a potential Foreign Military Sale (FMS) package worth $520 million with the government of the Republic of China (RoC - Taiwan). The proposal includes 48 rebuilt "Standard Assault Amphibious Personnel Vehicles", four command vehicles, two recovery vehicles, and enhanced Position Laser Remote Sensor Radios at an estimated value of $250 million. The vehicles, expected to be AAV-7A1 Amphibious Assault Vehicles, replace Taiwan's ageing LVTP-5 for the RoC Marine Corps. United Defense LP Ground Systems won the contract.

The Taiwan Marine Corps Vice Commander, Maj. Gen. Chin-Hsiang Yeh, and several other Taiwan Marine officers visited Marine Corps Logistics Command Albany 26-28 August 2003 to participate in a Taiwan Marine Corps and U.S. Marine Corps Logistics and Provisioning Conference. The Albany Maintenance Center will build 54 Assault Amphibious Vehicles for the Taiwan Marine Corps. This is a huge leap in equipment capabilities for the Taiwan Marine Corps.

The Taiwan government purchased 54 AAVs (48 AAV P7a1's, 4 AAV R7A1's and 2 AAV C7A1). A letter of Agreement was entered into by the Marine Corps and the Taiwan Governement to refurbish the 54 AAVs under the Marine Corps AAV Reliability, Availability, and Maintainability/Rebuild Standard (AAV RAM/RS). The workshare between UDLP and Maintenance Center Albany is to rebuild and upgrade the Taiwan Governements AAV. The Marine Corps Logistics Base is providing warehouse space in accordance with a facility use agreement between UDLP and the MCLB Albany base.

Maintenance Center Albany disassembled, blasted, cleaned, and prepared the Taiwan Government AAV's to be provided to UDLP for modification upgrade for the suspension assembly. Maintenance Center Albany received vehicle back fro UDLP and installed new or refurbished parts. The Maintenance Center Albany reaasembled the AAVs and performed operational checks. They then verify vehicles were ready for delivery to Taiwan Government. UDLP machined the AAV hull to accommodate the Bradley Fighting Vehicle Suspention System as part of the RAM/RS upgrade. They purchased and provided new RAM/RS to Maintenance Center Albay for the reassembly of the Taiwan Government AAVs.

The State Department made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States for Assault Amphibious Vehicles (AAVs) for an estimated cost of $375 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale 16 December 2015.

The Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States has requested a possible sale of Thirty-Six (36) Assault Amphibious Vehicles (AAVs) Weapons; Thirty (30) .50 Caliber M2 machine guns; and Six (6) 7.62mm M240 machine guns.

Non-MDE included with this request includes Enhanced Armored Applique Kits (EAAK); spares; weapons; training; support and test equipment; publications; contractor engineering technical services; engineering technical services; logistical, training, engineering and program support; and other technical assistance. The estimated MDE cost is $300 million. The total estimated cost is $375 million.

This sale is consistent with United States law and policy as expressed in Public Law 96-8. This proposed sale serves U.S. national, economic, and security interests by supporting the recipient's continuing efforts to modernize its armed forces and enhance its defensive capability.

The proposed sale will help improve the security of the recipient and assist in maintaining political stability, military balance, and economic progress in the region. The proposed sale will improve the recipient's capability in current and future defensive efforts. The recipient will use these vehicles to augment existing vehicles and will have no difficulty absorbing these new vehicles into its armed forces. The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not significantly alter the basic military balance in the region.

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