Taiwan might be arms supplier: Tsai

DEVELOPMENT: Taiwan has the determination and capability to build its own ships, the president said, adding that it could also export military components

Taipei Times
Date: Dec 16, 2020
By: Staff writer, with Reuters and CNA

President Tsai Ing-wen speaks at the launch ceremony of an upgraded version of the navy’s Tuo Chiang-class missile corvette, the Ta Chiang, in Yilan County’s Suao Township yesterday.
Photo: CNA

Taiwan might become a supplier of weapons to Western democracies, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said yesterday, praising the nation’s improving weapons design ability as she launched an advanced, missile-laden warship and commissioned a new minelayer.

Tsai has made boosting the defense of the nation a priority in the face of a growing military challenge from Beijing, which has never renounced the use of force to bring Taiwan under its control.

While the nation’s air force has benefited from big-ticket imported items such as new and upgraded F-16s, the navy is Tsai’s next focus, with submarines in production and the first of a fleet of highly maneuverable stealth corvettes launched yesterday.

The new Tuo Chiang-class corvettes, a prototype of which is already in operation, have been dubbed “aircraft carrier killers” by the navy, due to their complement of anti-ship missiles. They can also carry Sky Sword anti-aircraft missiles.    [FULL  STORY]

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