Replacement of Humvees (8
The Taiwan Army is scheduled to replace around 7000
Humvees (high mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle), which has
been in service for a decade with a new model in a few years time.
There are plans in the upcoming months to purchase
the next generation medium weight transport vehicle, which would
be a domestically built model. The specifications for the new
medium-weight transport vehicle are not confirmed, however several
local car manufacturers have expressed interest in bidding for
the deal worth estimated billions of NT dollars.
The army shall decide the specifications of the
new medium-weight transport vehicle, while the combined logistics
command is taking care of other details such as preparations for
the open bidding on the deal.
The initial plan was to purchase replacement vehicles
from overseas, but the plan had to be changed due to a resolution
passed by the legislature two years back. This resulted in a delay
in replacing the Humvee as the army had to spend an entire year
studying the practicability of buying from local car manufacturers.
Although the Humvee will be replaced by local car
manufacturers, the design and technology will be provided from
foreign countries. One prominent car manufacturer has plans to
introduce technology from Japan as the basis for its model to
compete for the deal.
One of the reasons the army had reservations on
using a local car manufacturer was that local car manufacturer
maybe able to assemble the vehicle but they will not have an established
sound logistics system that is required. The Humvee has been in
use since 1992, however, its working logistics system Is also
not satisfactory. One of the main problems is the lack of Chinese-language
operation manuals for the vehicles and Chinese language instructions
for the use of the equipment. There is also a failure to maintain
on a constant basis a computer-controlled system for the detection
of mechanical problems.