Taiwan has launched the island's first home-grown submarine project on Tuesday against growing military threats from China.
The move follows China having sent its only aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, through the Taiwan Strait in January, in one of a number of military drills held, Times of India reported today.
Taiwan last week warned of an increased invasion risk from China and has pledged to boost its military in response.
Taiwan's president Tsai Ing-wen called the launch of the submarine plan a "historic moment" at a naval base in southern city of Kaohsiung. She was presiding over a formal signing ceremony to initiate the project between the navy, Taiwanese shipbuilder CSBC Corporation and the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology, which develops combat system integration.
Delivery of the submarine is expected to take eight years and it is likely to be deployed within 10 years.
Tsai said it was part of the island's "indigenous defence policy". Taiwan's navy currently operates a fleet of four submarines, bought from abroad, but only two of them can be deployed in the event of war.
The other two were built by the United States in the 1940s and are only used in training as they are too old for combat.
Defence minister Feng Shih-kuan has said the Liaoning's sail near Taiwan highlighted the need for the island to press ahead with building its own subs.
Taiwan also announced last month its bid to create a new generation of locally built jet trainers by 2026.
Taiwan has admitted it has a missile that can hit bases and installations of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) inside mainland Chinese territory across the Taiwan Strait that is 220 km at its widest and 130 km at its narrowest. Minister of National Defense Feng Shih-kuan told the Legislative Yuan (Taiwan's Parliament) the Republic of China Armed Forces (ROCAF) has the capability to launch missiles deep into Chinese territory, an eye-popping assertion considering what's known about ROCAF's land attack cruise missiles
The Taiwanese navy has revealed plans for a proposed helicopter carrier what it calls an ‘Amphibious Landing Helicopter Dock Ship, during a naval indigenous shipbuilding exhibition in Keelung Harbor. According to the specifications listed on the display, the Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) would have a displacement of 22,000 tons, have a top speed of 30 knots (55kph), and would be 220 meters in length
Taiwan has deployed Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missile batteries on the countrys east coast to improve integrated air defense capabilities of the country. The move is considered as a response to raising Chinese influence in the region,
Taiwan has set a target to complete a prototype of a new fighter jet in 10 years and is ready to develop the engine for it. A budget proposal for the jet engine program will be sent to the Legislature later this year for approval, Chang Guan-chung, president of the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST), said in a legislative hearing
In a move certain to anger China, the US State Department has approved a possible foreign military sale to Taiwan of SRP system, a component of C4ISR, upgrade electronic warfare systems of KEELUNG Class destroyers, 56 AGM Air-to-Ground Missiles and MK 54 Lightweight Torpedo Conversion Kits altogether worth US$1,364 million. Also incuded are Heavyweight torpedos, HARM and standard missiles
Taiwan plans to build eight submarines. The initial designs are expected to be fully completed by early 2018, a senior Taiwanese Navy official said
China has almost completed building up of military facilities on the disputed South China Sea Islands, the US-based Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) think tank said. "Major construction of military and dual-use infrastructure on the 'Big 3'—Subi, Mischief, and Fiery Cross Reefs — is wrapping up, with the naval, air, radar, and defensive facilities that AMTI has tracked for nearly two years largely complete
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