Again we do not know how many spare parts will be purchased in the deal, and how the ROCA use them will determine their durability. Anything else is pure speculation at this point.Whatever spare parts in that $2 billion contract probably isn't going to cover anything past ten years of operations (and the ROCA needs to buy at least a similar amount of spare parts for future Abrams purchases if the ROCA doesn't want to use them as pillboxes).
And even then 10 years is still a significant portion of time in which extra purchases of spare parts or the like is not out of the question.
There is the matter to be remember that the Type 99 spg is a much more capable SPH then the A5, and that the A5's price is from the 1980s. Manufacturing domestic ammuntion can allow Taiwan to cut out the extra price that foreign sellers would demand as a profit.Economies of scale. That's why the Japanese Type 99 SPH costs much more than the M109A5.
Their DDG is still in development, so there is much to be left to speculation and final approval. As for the claim that their SSK's would be to big for the Taiwan Straits, that is a faux claim. Submarines of bigger size are expected to operate just fine. If a yuan class submarine of a 3,600 ton weight can be operate in the straits, then the projected sub of 2,500 tons can just as well.Oh boy, where to start? There's the next generation DDG program for the ROCN, for starters. The hulls for the SSKs are larger than optimal for Taiwan Straits operations.
On the other hand, the various systems that they did actually produce more or less functions just fine. Like their missile boats, the TC series to name a few.
That depends on the host nation in question, if it is a nation of the likes of Pakistan. Then the reaction is pretty obvious. If Israel can get it's F-16s to fire domestic Python missiles without the US kicking up a fuzz. Then there is no reason that Taiwan can't.
Less lobbying ,less pork-barreling, more government oversight. The list goes on, this forum likes to jeer how supposedly inefficient the US procurement system is compared to that of China. If Taiwan is paying any attention it will most likely take steps to avoid it.US military grade comm and network systems have been going over budget (like everyone else) Why would Taipei be exempt?
Actually, in early WW2. Wermacht panzer divisions were rather streamlined, the majority being Pz 1 and 2s that reuses much similar parts. They do accquire foreign equipment from defeated nations to bolster their strength. But they only produce the bare minimum of ammunition for them to function. Once they are knocked out and/or broke down, they did not bother to put them back into service.Here's the gist of the deal for trade off between wheeled vs. tracked vehicles: the former is faster and usually less maintenance intensive, but the latter provides better cross country capability. So the tracked vehicles will slow down the wheeled formation, but there's no point in having the tracked vehicles around if the wheeled vehicles can't take advantage of the former's superior mobility.
M113s not a burden? Try telling that to the maintenance crew for the CM-32 battalion saddled with the M113 mortar carriers. Wehrmacht panzer divisions in early WWII went crazy trying to keep up with the logistics for multiple tank types (of differing nationalities to boot).
And I know the pro and cons of tracked vs wheeled so spare me that. But I also know that Taiwan is much much smaller then Germany, and that they aren't actively fighting a war as of now. So they can take the time to gradually phase certain vehicles out of service over the years.
Given their land mass, the chances are far greater than any potential conflict will be over before the issue of logistics pop up.
Actually no, if the R&D is plagued by corruption, inefficient management and that of the like. That extra money is not going to make any difference.Actually, spending more money automatically equates to better results if that extra money is used for purposes like R&D, to develop and buy things like hypersonic missiles, very long range artillery, autonomous UCAS swarms, amphibious mineclearing robots, smart grenade launchers, things that the country spending less money can't hope to match in quality or quantity.