Taiwan urgently starts building ‘Chinese aircraft carrier killers’
TAIPEI, ($1=28.07 Taiwan New Dollar) – Against the background of escalating aggression by communist China, the leadership of the Republic of China, which is Taiwan, is preparing to take urgent measures to strengthen its naval forces, learned BulgarianMilitary.com. The island republic now has three such ships, and to implement such a plan, three more missile corvettes will need to be deployed urgently.
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In particular, Taiwan plans to build additional Tuo Chiang missile corvettes that have a reputation as “aircraft carrier killers.” This was announced by the Taiwanese portal Taiwan News.
It is noted that the Taiwanese fleet already has two catamaran ships from the Tuo Chiang project. A third such ship was laid that day. And by 2023, three more such missile corvettes will be built and deployed, and thus the Taiwanese fleet will have six missile corvettes – “aircraft killers”.
Previous plans had predicted that by 2023, Taiwan would build only three Tuo Chiang ships.
BulgarianMilitary.com has repeatedly talked about this type of ship. In particular, these corvettes are known as “aircraft carrier killers” mainly because of their powerful weapons: eight Hsiung Feng II subsonic cruise missiles with a range of up to 200 kilometers and eight Hsiung Feng III supersonic missiles with a range of over 250 kilometers.
The fame of “aircraft carrier killers” is also ensured by the small size of such ships, which ensure survival in battle.
Tuo Chiang corvettes have a displacement of only 560 tons, hull length – 61 meters, crew – 41 people, speed and range – up to 40 knots and up to 2000 nautical miles.
Taipei: China is ready for a full-scale invasion of Taiwan
As we reported on October 6 and accordign Taiwanese Defense Minister Qiu Guojian statement the Beijing can resolve the Taiwan issue by military force and will be fully prepared for that by 2025.
“By 2025, China will be fully prepared for a full-scale invasion of Taiwan,” he told lawmakers as he considered an $ 8.6 billion military budget. He also noted: “Now he has such opportunities, but it will not be easy for him to start a war, as he will have to take into account many other factors.” The official said the current situation in the Taiwan Strait is the tensest in 40 years.
According to Taiwanese media, 56 planes from the Chinese Air Force flew into the air defense zone of Taiwan on Monday, October 4. According to reports, 148 military planes from mainland China have flown through the area in the past four days.
Such actions by the PRC Air Force are undermining regional peace, said Taiwan’s chief of staff Su Zhengchang. “Taiwan needs to be vigilant. China is increasingly out of reach. The world is witnessing repeated instances of China undermining regional peace and putting pressure on Taiwan,” he told reporters in Taipei.
U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price said Sunday last week: “The United States is very concerned about the provocative military activities of the People’s Republic of China off Taiwan, which are destabilizing, miscalculated and undermining regional peace and stability.”
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