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Taiwan’s submarines hit targets with SUT torpedoes in Navy drill

Live-fire torpedo exercise comes 13 years after previous firing

Chien Lung-class submarine

Chien Lung-class submarine (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwanese Navy Chien Lung-class submarines fired German surface and underwater target (SUT) heavyweight torpedoes in a drill off the coast of southeastern Taiwan on Wednesday (July 15), successfully hitting and sinking the target ships.

The live-fire exercise, which was the first of its kind in 13 years, was part of the 36th annual Han Kuang military exercise, which began Monday (July 13) and will last until Friday (July 17).

Military sources said that even though a tropical low-pressure system was developing in adjacent waters, the drill was carried out under permissible operating conditions in the morning, per CNA. The diesel-electric submarines successfully hit and sank their targets with the SUT torpedoes, the sources added.

In May, the U.S. approved the possible sale of 18 advanced MK-48 Mod 6AT heavyweight torpedoes to Taiwan to replace the country’s aging SUT torpedoes, according to a CNA report. The MK-48 is designed to destroy high-speed nuclear-powered submarines and high-performance surface ships.