The Taiwanese Army has unveiled the indigenously built multifunction 97 Nuclear-Bio-Chemical Detecting vehicle at a military drill in Taichung, China.

The NT$40m ($1.38m) vehicle has been developed by the Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology, a research arm of the Ministry of National Defense.

Ten vehicles with advanced equipment for detecting radioactivity and biochemical toxins have been deployed in five regions of Taiwan.

The vehicle is equipped with a server through which an operator with a hand-held PDA transmits images and other data within 5km of the vehicle to disaster-relief headquarters.

The vehicle is also capable of detecting the chemical composition of spilled material from a long distance and suggests remedial actions to control the situation.

The army has also demonstrated other command-and-control vehicles as well as disaster prevention and relief equipment.