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Dec 17 15 2:05 AM
US Approves New Taiwan Arms Sale Package Worth $1.83 BillionObama administration authorizes first arms sale to Taiwan in four years.By Prashanth ParameswaranDecember 17, 2015Today, the Obama administration notified Congress of a new $1.83 billion arms sale package for Taiwan.The authorization, which many had been expecting this week, comes a year after Congress passed legislation approving the sale. It constitutes the first major arms sale to Taiwan in more than four years.As with other foreign military sales (FMS), the authorization was formally announced as a notification to Congress following an approval by the U.S. State Department. It includes two Perry-class Frigates, Javelin anti-tank missiles, TOW 2B anti-tank missiles and AAV-7 Amphibious Assault Vehicles. It also includes follow-on work for Taiwan’s Syun-An C4ISR systems, Link 11/Link 16 for Taiwan’s naval ships, F-16 MIDS/NTAMS/Fuzes and Phalanx Close-In Weapons Systems; and Stinger surface-to-air missiles.“This Foreign Military Sales package supports Taiwan’s efforts to develop more innovative and asymmetric defensive capabilities,” David McKeeby, a spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, told The Diplomat in a statement following the announcement. “Today’s notification is consistent with the Taiwan Relations Act, and our support for Taiwan’s ability to maintain a sufficient self-defense capability.”(...SNIPPED)
Mar 30 16 7:28 PM
Taiwan Announces Defense Shipbuilding Expo
Wendell Minnick, Defense News 8:35 a.m. EDT March 30, 2016
TAIPEI — The inaugural Kaohsiung International Maritime and Defence Expo will be Aug. 25-28 in the southern port city of Kaohsiung.
The southern port city of Kaohsiung is also home to Taiwan’s biggest naval base, Tsoying Naval Base, and the Taiwan Navy has been pushing hard for a domestic ship build program that will include up to eight conventional attack submarines.
US defense contractors, such as BAE, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon, and Rolls-Royce have been invited, and show organizers are awaiting a response, said Tiffany Chou, the exhibition’s public relations organizer.
The navy is going forward on the Indigenous Defense Submarine (IDS) program and all US defense contractors have a potential market share of the program, said a senior Taiwan Navy officer. Taiwan's only two combat-operational submarines are Dutch-built Zwaardvis-class subs acquired in the late 1980s. It also has two of the oldest submarines in operation — two Guppy-class submarines acquired in the early 1970s that served at the end of World War II. These submarines are described as training platforms, not operational ones. The Guppys will be retired soon and the Zwaardvis “urgently” need refurbishing, said the navy officer, and US defense contractors will be bidding on that contract, as well, he said.
Jun 23 16 7:14 PM
Taiwan Moves on $14.7B Indigenous Shipbuilding, Upgrade Projects
Wendell Minnick, Defense News 11:42 a.m. EDT June 23, 2016
TAIPEI — The Taiwanese Navy announced 12 new shipbuilding and force modernization programs covering a 23-year period at roughly $14.7 billion on Monday. This indigenous build effort is part of an overall plan to wean Taiwan off expensive and politically troublesome US defense acquisitions — which often consist of refurbished older platforms — and develop a robust defense industry on the island.
The projected timeline runs from 2017 to 2040, and programs include a Taiwan Aegis destroyer and frigate, submarine, high-speed minelayer, landing platform dock (LPD), 11 additional stealthy Tuo Jiang-class missile corvette catamarans, and multi-purpose transport. Other programs include more AAV7s, a type of assault amphibious vehicle, for the Taiwanese Marine Corps, underwater swimmer delivery vehicles for special forces, and assorted weapons for special forces.
Jun 27 16 1:24 PM
Jul 10 16 6:21 AM
Quote: Taiwan Started Designing its Own Diesel-Electric SSK SubmarinesThe
Republic of China (ROC or Taiwan) Navy said on Thursday it has started
design work on its domestic attack submarine programme, hoping to
complete it in 2024. Navy Command Headquarters Chief of Staff Vice
Admiral Mei Chia-shu told a legislative committee session: “We plan to
complete the design by 2019 and complete the construction by 2024.”(...SNIPPED)
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