torsdag 3. desember 2020

Taiwan Is Building Eight New Submarines—They Alone Could Destroy A Chinese Invasion Fleet

Taiwan has begun building its first new submarines in a generation. And when the boats enter service starting around 2025, they could help to tilt the balance of power across the Taiwan Strait—toward Taipei. On Nov. 24, dignitaries gathered at shipbuilder CSBC’s new submarine factory in Kaohsiung to mark the start of production. “Proud to launch our #MadeInTaiwan submarine program,” Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen tweeted. Taipei aims to acquire as many as eight boats. They will replace two Zwaardvis-class boats that Taiwan acquired from the Netherlands in 1987 and 1988 and two U.S.-made Tench- and Balao-class boats that Taipei bought in 1973.