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Taiwan to build three more upgraded version of its Tuo Chiang-class missile corvette


According to news published by the Focus Taiwan website on December 16, 2020, Taiwan has planned to build three more of the upgraded version of its Tuo Chiang-class catamaran-design missile corvette by 2025.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Taiwanese Navy Tuo-Chiang class corvette undergoes preparation for an official inspection. (Picture source Twitter account WarshipPorn)


Vice Defense Minister Chang Che-ping has announced that the Taiwanese armed forces have planned to build three upgraded Tuo Chiang-class missile corvettes by 2025. The ship will be built by Lungteh Shipbuilding, a Taiwanese ship and boat builder headquartered in Yilan County.

The Tuo Chiang-class is a Taiwanese-made stealthy multi-mission corvette built for the Taiwanese Navy (Republic of China). The program was announced by the Republic of China (Taiwan) Ministry of National Defense (MND) on 12 April 2010. According to an acquisition project published in June 2016, the Taiwanese navy has planned to acquire 11 additional stealthy Tuo Jiang-class missile corvette.

Citing the Taiwan News website,  Lungteh Shipbuilding has promised that it can deliver another five upgraded missile corvettes by 2023 once the Ta Chiang passes related tests to prove it is combat-ready in 2021, Chang said. The upgraded Tuo Chiang-class ships have a maximum speed of 30 knots, displacement of 685 tonnes, and an operational range of 1,800 nautical miles.