Taiwan army to renew high-frequency communication system

The Taiwanese army plans to spend more than NT$4.8 billion (US$163 million) on a new communication system to prevent eavesdropping by China, reports said Saturday (July 18), echoed by Taiwan News.
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The Taiwanese army urgently needs an updated high-frequency communication system (Picture source: Taiwan army)

The equipment currently used by the Taiwanese army is so obsolete that it could give China the opportunity to listen in to conversations between military units and obtain confidential information, the Liberty Times reported. The Navy announced on July 17 it was ordering a new system from the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST) for NT$4,825,798,000, with the deadline for delivery reportedly set at the end of 2023.

Taiwan News reports that the old communication system tended to break down, while the level of protection is no longer good enough, military sources said. The Navy has been put in charge of managing the order for 516 sets of the new high-frequency equipment, but all branches of the armed forces will use them. A precondition of the order is that all elements of the system are made in Taiwan, leaving no backdoor open to Chinese spies, the Liberty Times reported.