Ship should help speed up development of naval weapon systems
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST, 中科院) on Friday launched a ship which will function as a testing platform for new weapons.
The ceremony took place at the Longde shipyard in Yilan County where the ship, the “Glory Star” (光榮之星) was built, but it will take until the second half of this year before it will start to be used, the Central News Agency reported.
Its aim was to shorten the research and development process for new maritime weapon systems to be produced by NCSIST, the defense developer said. The launch of the new ship was an essential element of the government’s policy to promote locally developed defense products, according to CNA.
The “Glory Star” is an 80-ton ship, is 28 meters long and 8.4 m wide, and should be handed over to the NCSIST by May 31. [FULL STORY]