By: Chen Chih-chong and Kuan-lin Liu
Taipei, Sept. 1 (CNA) Taiwan will soon start development of its first indigenous
autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), with the goal of launching it in five years’ time, officials behind the project said Friday.
At a press conference, Wang Chau-chang (王兆璋) , director of the Taiwan Oceanic Research Institute (TORI), said Taiwan already has the technology to develop its own AUV, which should be ready for the first round of testing in two years.
Wang said he hoped the AUV project would be completed within five years, with the allocation of adequate funds and manpower.
The AUV would help boost Taiwan’s oceanic research, military investigations, and international disaster relief efforts, according to former Deputy Minister of National Defense Admiral Chen Yung-kang (陳永康). [FULL STORY]