Taiwan’s ROC Navy is ramping up production of Tuo-chiang class corvettes, and the missiles to arm them, in response to “the communist military threat to Taiwan,” Liberty Times reported today, December 25.
The navy originally planned to take delivery of three of the ships by 2025, but now wants six of the “carrier killers” delivered by 2023.
Alongside the accelerated production of the ships, the military is coordinating with the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology to also ramp up production of Hsiung Feng II and Hsiung Feng III missiles so the ships can be fully armed when they come off the production line.
The fast and nimble ships, dubbed by media outlets as “aircraft carrier-killers,” are an important part of Taiwan’s asymmetrical defense strategy, Defense Minister Yen De-fa (嚴德發) stated in 2018.
The Ministry of National Defense confirmed the upgrade in production in a press release, December 16, after some media expressed skepticism about the doubling of production in half the time originally announced by President Tsai Ing-wen in a Facebook post.
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