Homegrown submarine plan launched

INDEPENDENT DEFENSE:The nation lacks experience building submarines, but is working on addressing those problems, shipbuilder CSBC’s chairman said

Taipei Times
Date: Mar 22, 2017
By: Staff writer, with CNA

The nation is hoping to build its first homegrown submarines within eight years and

Navy officers look on yesterday as President Tsai Ing-wen waves from the hatch of a submarine at Zuoying Military Harbor in Kaohsiung. Photo: Chang Chung-i, Taipei Times

commission them into service within a decade, the shipbuilder tasked with carrying out the program said yesterday.

CSBC Corp, Taiwan (台灣國際造船) chairman Cheng Wen-lung (鄭文隆) said there were problems that needed to be worked out because Taiwan lacks experience in building submarines, but added that the difficulties were being addressed.

CSBC, the nation’s only listed shipbuilder, has built more than 100 ships for the navy and will use that experience in developing the local submarine program, he added.

Cheng’s comments came as CSBC and the Chungshan Institute of Science and Technology signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the navy earlier yesterday in Kaohsiung to jointly build submarines for the military.    [FULL  STORY]

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