退役反潛機重出江湖被打槍 綠委再推改裝ATR客機擾敵 | DPP legislator proposes ATR patrol aircraft for maritime surveillance

為應付共機穿越海峽中線,民進黨立委鍾佳濱於立院建議,我國應可將已除役的S-2T反潛機隊重組為海洋委員會海岸巡防署的海洋監視機,並可在中線執行擾敵任務。這項提議4月9日國防部回應表示不可行,鍾佳濱於4月10日又提議可以改裝ATR 72螺旋槳飛機當海監機用途。

TAIPEI (The China Post) – In response to a recent Chinese jet incursion across the Taiwan Strait, Legislator Chung Chia-pin (鍾佳濱) of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) proposed that Taiwan boosts its defense by using S-2T anti-submarine aircrafts. The Ministry of National Defense (MND) rejected the proposal, but Chung again suggested on April 10 to use the ATR 72MP patrol aircraft for maritime surveillance.

立院外交及國防委員會10日審查「國防產業發展條例草案」,空軍參謀長劉任遠表示,國軍以「不引發爭端、不提高衝突」為戰備任務原則,且S-2T反潛機服役超過40年,機齡老舊,且面臨消失性商原問題,已經於2017年12月除役。

According to Air Force Chief of Staff Liu Jen-yuan (劉任遠), the military should stick to its defense principle and refrain from encouraging national conflicts. More importantly, the S-2T aircrafts are already outdated and were decommissioned in December 2017, according to the ministry.

鍾佳濱再以日本海上保安廳為例,可以將民用螺旋槳飛機,改裝成海監機使用,建議軍方可以改裝ATR 72當海監機,也可以讓退役的飛行員轉飛海巡署飛機,繼續為國效力。

Chung further cited Japan Coast Guard for converting the civilian propeller aircraft into a sea surveillance aircraft. “Taiwan can do the same too and let retired pilots fly the surveillance aircraft so that they can continue to serve the country,” said Chung.

在場的國防部官員表示,這需要評估。不過,劉任遠也表示,S-2T反潛機的飛行員已經轉飛P-3C反潛機,已經沒有飛行員可以回去飛其他螺旋槳飛機。

In response to Chung comments, MND officials said that further assessment would be required since S-2T pilots are already flying the P-3C aircraft and there is insufficient manpower in this regard for the time being.