TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Chairman of Taiwan’s CSBC Shipbuilding Corporation, Cheng Wen-Lon (鄭文隆), speaking at an industry conference on Feb. 25 said that the completion of Taiwan’s first indigenous submarine may come sooner than previously anticipated.
Chairman Cheng said that the domestically produced submarine, currently in the contract design phase, is now expected to be “ready for water” as soon as January 2024.
According to earlier reports, the submarine was previously expected to be completed in late 2025.
The majority of the vessel’s design will be completed in March, before going through a final review to work out details, reports LTN.
A report on the vessel is expected to be submitted to the Legislative Yuan on March 21, before the project begins the construction phase.
Cheng said during his remarks on Monday, that the CSBC Corporation continues to work closely with the Navy and the Ministry of Defense to ensure that Taiwan’s domestic submarine program will provide for Taiwan’s defense needs. Cheng expressed confidence that Taiwan’s shipbuilding industry is well suited to the task.