Navy wants more advanced systems

FINE-TUNING:The navy is to hold additional meetings later this year with potential contractors to discuss changes to its specifications and designs for the new ships

Taipei Times
Date: Jun 06, 2017
By: Lo Tien-pin and Jonathan Chin / Staff reporter, with staff writer

The Republic of China Navy’s next-generation frigates are likely to be equipped with

One of the navy’s Cheng Kung-class frigates, based on the design of a US Navy Perry-class frigate, is picture in an undated photograph. Photo: Lo Tien-bin, Taipei Times

an active electronically scanned array (AESA) as well as other weapons, a Ministry of Defense official said.

The combat systems designed by Chungshan Institute of Science and Technology for the frigates are to be the equivalent of and be interoperable with Aegis combat system-equipped US warships, said the ministry official, who wished to remain anonymous.

The navy plans to build six to 10 of the frigates.

Unless the bulk of the AESA radar is reduced by redesigns, the system’s installation on the frigates would increase each vessel’s total displacement from 4,000 tonnes to between 4,500 tonnes and 5,200 tonnes, the official said.    [FULL  STORY]

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