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President vows to improve military equipment during inspection tour

President vows to improve military equipment during inspection tour

Taipei, Sept. 12 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen on Monday promised to improve the personal equipment and living environment of the nation's troops during a visit to a military base in Hsinchu.

Tsai traveled to Taoyuan and Hsinchu to visit troops that will remain on duty there throughout the Mid-Autumn Festival, which falls on Sept. 15 this year. Offices and schools will be closed for an extended four-day weekend.

Speaking during an inspection tour of the Army's 542 Armor Brigade in Hsinchu, Tsai told the troops there that she has directed the Ministry of National Defense to complete its upgrade of military clothing and individual equipment within three years and quicken the pace of refurbishing old military barracks.

As part of the tour, Ma Shu-jung , the head of the research and development division at the the Armament Bureau's 205th manufacturing factory displayed a variety of military kits and personal equipment it has developed.

Ma said that the factory produces military helmets, combat vests and bullet-resistant panels on its own, while authorizing private companies to contract manufacture military-grade shooting glasses, elbow guards and boots. The production lines are expected to generate NT$2 billion in production value for related industries.

The president also paid a visit to the 66th Marine Brigade in Taoyuan to greet soldiers, who will stay on duty there during the Mid-Autumn holiday Sept. 15-18. (By Lu Hsin-hui, Bien Cehn-feng and Evelyn Kao)