President Tsai Ing-wen on Friday headed south to Kaohsiung for a ceremony marking the start of manufacturing of a light corvette prototype. At the ceremony, she once again reiterated her administration’s commitment to building ships in Taiwan and its determination to pursue defense autonomy.
The building and commissioning of one warship after another shows our unremitting efforts to achieve defense autonomy. For example, our rapid minelayers were all delivered in 2021. A new rescue ship model was launched in the first half of the year as planned. And the new landing platform dock was commissioned in June this year.
The prototypes under construction now in Kaohsiung are two 2,500-ton frigates, one being an anti-aircraft model and the other being an anti-submarine model. The anti-aircraft model will have a vertical launch system developed by the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology, which can be loaded with 32 Sea Sword II missiles. The anti-submarine model uses traditional mounted missiles and can be equipped with 16 Sea Sword missiles.
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