Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense has announced that it will build 10 additional Tuo Chiang corvettes amid increasing tensions with China.
The announcement comes a day after Taipei launched its third Tuo Chiang corvette.
Remember #ROCNavy Corvette #TaChiang that was commissioned last year? Her little sister #FuJiang was just launched in a local shipyard earlier today, marking another step in our #SelfReliantDefense policy and keeping #protectourcountry. pic.twitter.com/znC4T5eTDs
— 國防部 Ministry of National Defense, R.O.C. 🇹🇼 (@MoNDefense) September 21, 2022
The Tuo Chiang is equipped with Hsiung Feng anti-ship missiles, Sea Sword air defense systems, a Phalanx close-in weapon system, and 76-millimeter guns.
The corvettes reportedly have a maximum speed of 40 knots (74 kilometers/46 miles per hour) and a range of up to 1,800 nautical miles (3,333 kilometers/2,071 miles).
The 10 additional Tuo Chiangs are set to be built between 2022 and 2026 and delivered to the Taiwanese Navy.