TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan will spend at least NT$1.99 billion (US$64.4 million) on upgrades to the electronics system of the Navy’s four Kidd-class destroyers, according to the Ministry of National Defense’s (MND) budget for 2019.
The upgrade is designed to counter China’s growing missile capabilities, reported CNA.
The upgrade will be made to the destroyers’ AN/SLQ-32 electronic warfare system, and is expected to be completed by 2023. According to the MND’s 2019 budget, the upgrade will be made to improve the Navy’s counter-attack capability, and to improve the survival rate of the destroyers.
A Navy officer quoted by the report also said that Taiwan will buy 16 Standard Missile 2 (SM-2) Block IIIA missiles, to bolster Taiwan’s surface-to-air capability.
The destroyers are frequently used for long-distance training, and the fleet is usually positioned off Taiwan’s east coast as part of the armed forces’ early detection system.