Taiwanese domestic shipbuilder gets bid to build 11 corvettes, 4 minelayers

Taiwanese domestic company Lung Teh Shipbuilding awarded contract to build 11 Tuo Chiang-class corvettes and 4 minelayers

Tuo Chiang-class corvette.

Tuo Chiang-class corvette. (Wikimedia Commons photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Military officials on Sunday (Dec. 2) announced domestic ship maker Lung Teh Shipbuilding (龍德造船) has won the bid to mass produce 11 Tuo Chiang-class corvettes and four minelayers for the country's Navy, reported Liberty Times.

The Chungshan Institute of Science and Technology has announced that plans to mass produce the Tuo Chiang-class corvette have been finalized and Lung Teh Shipbuilding has been selected as the contractor to produce the warships. The instituted said that Lung Teh Shipbuilding was selected after considering the financial and technical aspects and the fact that the company had the highest comprehensive score.

The corvettes are to outfitted with anti-aircraft and anti-ship weaponry, but will not have anti-submarine capabilities. The ships will have a displacement of less than 700 tonnes.

The Navy had originally planned to produce three batches of the ships, with the final batch to be completed by 2036. It has now decided to shrink the production down to two batches, with the last ship being completed by 2026.

According to the military's latest announcement on procurements, the rapid minelaying craft project has also been awarded to Lung Teh Shipbuilding's shipyard in Yilan. The final bid amount is NT$738,311,000 to build four minelaying boats, which are expected to be completed by Nov. 2021.

The remainder of the NT$917,770,000 Navy budget for minelayers will be allocated to purchasing new mines developed by the Chungshan Institute of Science and Technology. In the future, these minelayers will be deployed to effectively block any attempts to make amphibious landings by China's military.