Taiwan’s Navy will begin research in stealth technology construction for small-but-powerful frigates with deadly weaponry onboard, in an effort to ramp up asymmetric warfare amid growing threats of Chinese military invasion.
Taiwan’s Chief of the General Staff Lee Hsi-ming confirmed on January 8 that the Navy will begin research into the construction of 60 "Stealth Mini-Missile Assault Boats" weighing 45 tons each; with the goal of having the fleet completed within four years, Taiwan News reports quoting CNA.
The statement comes after various media reports emerged that the Chinese Navy is working on latest strategy of building new large surface warships, including aircraft carriers. Lee said the mini boats will accommodate only 2-3 sailors who could fire surface-air missiles on enemy vessels.
According to a press release issued by the Ministry of Defense (MND), given the growing strength of the enemy and based on the operational concept of "winning the battle at sea and defeating the enemy on the beaches," the department has put forth this guidance to the Navy to research the construction of an asymmetric force that can effective meet these challenges based on the resources at hand.
The MND said that once research has been completed and approval is granted by authorities, a plan will be put forward on the construction of the crafts. The development of the vessels would be led by the National Chung-shan Institute of Science and Technology in coordination with domestic shipyards.
Tensions have risen since December 2017 after a senior Chinese diplomat threatened China would invade Taiwan if any U.S. warships made port visits to the island which China claims as its own territory.
Trump’s administration also signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act for the 2018 fiscal year, which authorizes the possibility of mutual visits by navy vessels between Taiwan and the United States.
Taiwans Defense Ministry is allocating over US$426 million (NT$12.4 billion) to upgrade countrys Yun Feng or "Cloud Peak" medium-range guided missiles in order to convert into a satellite launch vehicle
Taiwan will reportedly equip countrys Indigenous Defense Fighter (IDF) and frigates with domestically built Sky Sword II missiles, to tackle growing Chinese fighter aircraft threats. The Taiwan Navys Lafayette frigates will be equipped with the sea-to-air version of the Sky Sword II from 2020 to 2028,
Taiwan will commission 12 military aircraft acquired from the United States to replace its existing fleet of 11 S-2T anti-submarine aircraft in December, the Air Force said. In a statement, the Air Force said it has taken full delivery of the 12 P-3C Orion aircraft, which are equipped with torpedoes and depth bombs designed to sink fast, deep-diving nuclear submarines and high-performance surface ships, Focus Taiwan reported Sunday
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 will test mobile passive radar units this year to detect growing flight operations by China around the island. Two sets of mobile passive radar systems by National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST) are going to be deployed for field testing at some point this year, a Ministry of National Defense official told Liberty Times Monday
Taiwans state-funded National Chung-Shan Institute of Science & Technology (NCSIST) is set to prepare for mass production of two types of missiles with extended range capable of travelling more than 1,000 and 2,000 kilometers to counter Chinas provocative actions. The NCSIST was looking for procurement of more than 600 sets of ring laser gyroscopes (RLG) and control panel components from the US, which is believed to be preparing for mass production of the domestically developed extended-range version of the Hsiung Feng IIE, a surface-to-surface cruise missile, and of the Cloud Peak medium-range missile,
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