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.
The rest of this article is for subscribers only
News articles are accessible 24 hours, and Magazine articles are accessible 48 hours. Beyond that, they can only be viewed by subscribers to the Meta-Defense service. Articles dealing with sensitive subjects are reserved for subscribers as soon as they are published.
Personal subscription at € 4,95 per month or € 49,5 per year - Professional subscription at € 18,00 per month or € 180 per year - Student subscription at € 2,5 per month or € 25 per year - Excluding promotional code -
Download theMobile Meta-Defense app for IOS or Android to be informed of new publications by notification.