Radio Taiwan International
The defense ministry has dismissed media reports of a plan to purchase mothballed
submarines from Japan.
The reports claimed that the defense ministry might consider purchasing the mothballed Harushio-class and Oyashio-class submarines. The subs would be imported in disassembled parts to maintain a low profile, the reports claimed, and would be reassembled by experts from the United States.
Vice Defense Minister Lee Hsi-min dismissed the report on Tuesday. Lee said the ministry is proceeding with an undisclosed plan to produce indigenous fighter jets and battleships. Lee also declined to comment on the development of the country’s drone prototype. [FULL STORY]