Taiwanese domestic company Lung Teh Shipbuilding awarded contract to build 11 Tuo Chiang-class corvettes and 4 minelayers
By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Military officials on Sunday (Dec. 2) announced domestic ship maker Lung Teh Shipbuilding (龍德造船) has won the bid to mass produce 11 Tuo Chiang-class corvettes and four minelayers for the country’s Navy, reported Liberty Times.
The Chungshan Institute of Science and Technology has announced that plans to mass produce the Tuo Chiang-class corvette have been finalized and Lung Teh Shipbuilding has been selected as the contractor to produce the warships. The instituted said that Lung Teh Shipbuilding was selected after considering the financial and technical aspects and the fact that the company had the highest comprehensive score.
The corvettes are to outfitted with anti-aircraft and anti-ship weaponry, but will not have anti-submarine capabilities. The ships will have a displacement of less than 700 tonnes.
The Navy had originally planned to produce three batches of the ships, with the final batch to be completed by 2036. It has now decided to shrink the production down to two batches, with the last ship being completed by 2026. [FULL STORY]