The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency has awarded Rapid Runway Repair, Inc., Delhi, La., a $13 million contract to supply the Taiwan Air Force with fiberglass mat rapid runway kits. The announcement was made December 27.
Work to be completed by June 30, 2014. AFLCMC/WFG,
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio is the contracting activity.
This is not the first procurement by Taiwan’s Air Force of these types of kits. In May 2010, Hualien Airbase personnel demonstrated the use of a rapid runway repair system it had procured from U.S.-based Colt Rapid Mat in 2002 for $43 million.
The kits were procured to repair runways quickly after an aerial bombardment from China. China has 1,500 Dong Feng 11/15 short-range ballistic missiles targeting the island.
It is unclear how many rapid runway kits Taiwan has procured.