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2020-07-20 | 公共電視

Air Force Sends Request to US w/o Knowledge of Military|182億飛彈延壽案 傳空軍以"維持費"偷渡

On July 9, the US approved Taiwan's request for the recertification of its Patriot Advanced Capability-3 air defense missiles, at an estimated cost of NT$18.2 billion. However, National Defense Minister Yen De-fa and Air Force Commander-in-Chief Hsiung Hou-chi were completely unaware of what was going on when it was happening.

On the 9th, the US approved Taiwan's request for the recertification of its Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) air defense missiles, at an estimated cost of NT$18.2 billion. Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense and Ministry of Foreign Affairs immediately issued statements of deep gratitude.

However, it has now emerged the request was sent to the US under the nose of the military higher-ups. Neither National Defense Minister Yen De-fa nor Air Force Commander-in-Chief Hsuing Hou-chi knew anything about the case.

This is all just a misunderstanding. Actually, this whole PAC-3 (case) isn't really called a "recertification" case. There are no problems with any of the operating procedures. It's just that, as I said earlier, there are some procedures that must be observed. This so-called kind of approval required from higher agencies were skipped.

The MND denies this was a recertification request, saying the Air Force drafted the proposal under "operation and maintenance fees" during its annual management meeting with the US. However, it can't be denied the Air Force ignored administrative procedure and sent in the request directly to the US without first submitting it for legislative review.

If this is an acquisition case, there is a domestic acquisition procedure to be followed. Apart from internal reviews by the Executive Yuan and Ministry of National Defense, you have to formally draft a proposal and send it to the Legislative Yuan.

Regardless of the weekly military talks -- the commanders of the three branches of the military and relevant military equipment -- I don't think senior officials had any idea what was going on or that this case existed.

The Air Force's original missile maintenance budget was NT$1.84 billion with related allocations swelling to close to NT$20 billion. The recertification or arms purchase deal, meanwhile, was announced by the US before senior government officials in Taiwan even knew about it. This means Taiwan may have no choice but to cough up the money.

We discovered this price quote did not reflect normal market prices. We can still bring up other objections as well.

One expert says this is an administrative procedure issue and the US sees it as an arms deal no matter what form it takes. In response, the MND says the case is still under review in the US and no formal agreement will be signed until the deal is reviewed by the Air Force and the US and the legislature reviews and approves a budget.

國軍在漢光演習發射愛國者二型飛彈,精準命中目標,其性能提升的愛國者三型飛彈,美國9號通過對台軍售,金額約182億元的愛三飛彈延壽案,國防部跟外交部對此向美方表達感謝。

不過,卻被踢爆疑似為烏龍採購案,空軍沒有經過內部軍購案審核機制,直接向美方送案,而國防部長嚴德發、空軍司令雄厚基事前都不知情,也沒有核定此案。

國防部副部長 張哲平表示:「這是一個誤會,其實整個愛三,並不叫延壽案。所有作業的程序,這些都是沒有問題,只是剛剛講,有些程序必須經過,所謂的一些上級單位做核定的,在這個程序忽略了。」

國防部否認是延壽案,強調愛三飛彈採購案在民國93年完成建案後,就已將技術服務及後勤維保納入規劃,空軍司令部透過年度與美方專案管理會議,確定採購項目,並編列作業維持費,但空軍卻沒按照行政程序,也沒經立法院審議後,直接向美方採購才引發這起事件。

國民黨立委 江啟臣表示:「如果是一個採購案,應該有國內的一個採購程序,除了行政院、還有國防部內部的審議之外,你要正式建一個案,然後送到立法院來。」

民進黨立委 王定宇表示:「不管每個禮拜的軍談,三軍統帥跟軍備相關的,我覺得高層不清楚這個事情,並不存在。」

原本空軍編列各式飛彈維護等相關設施養護費預算,額度18億4千多萬元,相關預算將暴增到近2百億元,延壽案搖身一變成了軍購案,還被美方搶先發布,我方恐怕得硬吞採購此案。

國防安全研究院國防資源與產業研究所長 蘇紫雲表示:「我們發現,就是這個報價,有不符合市場的那個常態價格分布的時候,還可以提出其他的異議。」

學者表示,此案應屬於行政程序出問題,而對美方來說,不論是新建案或者武器裝備升級或維修,都被視為軍購案,國防部回應,美方目前進行知會國會程序,尚未完成採購作業,後續由空軍與美方確認需求,經立法院審議並同意預算編列後,才簽署發價書。

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