Latest Defence Technologies At Taiwan Exhibition (15
The large turnout at the Taipei Aerospace Technology Exhibition
(TATE) 2003 showed that firms were eager to engage with Taiwan's
10-year arms buying spree worth NT$700 billion (S$36 billion).
Among the participating arms making firms were Bell Helicopter,
Boeing, Dassualt Aviation, Northrop Grumman, Pratt and Whitney,
Raytheon and Rockwell Collins.
However, military analysts predicted that the majority of weapons
procurement contracts would be awarded to US firms. One reason
being that only the United States has the political power to arm
Taiwan despite Beijing's protests and has remained Taiwan's leading
Taiwan is waiting to acquire eight conventional submarines, long-range
early warning radar systems and Patriot PAC-3 anti missile systems.