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Military to continue indigenous submarine project: defense ministry

ROC Central News Agency

2016/05/21 20:18:40

Taipei, May 21 (CNA) The military will continue to build up the country's self-defense capability through various indigenous weapon development projects covering aircraft and submarines, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said in a report Saturday.

The report was submitted to the Legislative Yuan's Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee in preparation for new Minister of Defense Feng Shih-kuan's (馮世寬) first appearance before the committee on Monday.

During the run-up to the presidential election, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) promised that her administration would initiate a project to develop a 1,500-ton submarine prototype in 2017 if elected.

According to Tsai's plan, the first indigenous submarine would enter service within 10 years, after which Taiwan would go into the mass production of submarines.

Also in the report, the MND said the military will seek to acquire key technologies through cooperation with the industrial sector to enhance its research and development capability.

Besides strengthening its joint combat capability and reserve mobilization mechanism, the military will include various new weapons procured in recent years, such as an early-warning radar system, P-3C anti-submarine aircraft and the Tuo River class corvette, into its joint combat training programs, the ministry said.

(By Wen Kuei-hsiang and Y.F. Low)
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