In discretion, Taiwan began construction of the first locally made submarine

Nothing is easy for Taiwan when it comes to finding international partners in defense programs. But the replacement of its 4 attack submarines, two dating from the end of the Second World War, and two from the mid-80s, is all the more difficult, given that the only country that officially dares to challenge the embargo de facto imposed by Beijing on weapons destined for Taiwan, the United States, has not built a submarine with conventional propulsion for more than 50 years. And building a ship as complex as a 2000-ton submarine without external support is a colossal project ...

However, this is what the Taiwanese authorities have decided to do, with the start, on November 3, construction of the first attack submarine from the Indigenous Defense Submarine program, with a budget of Taiwanese $ 50 billion, or € 1,5 billion. Officially, the construction of the submersible, which brings together 6 large local companies, should be completed in 2024, and sea trials should take place in 2025. The characteristics of the submersible, other than its tonnage which is announced "between 1500 and 2000 tonnes" , are for the moment marked with the seal of secrecy.

Taiwan will modernize its two Hai Lung class submarines acquired from the Netherlands in the mid-80s.

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