Sea Platforms

Taiwan launches first 'carrier killer' stealth missile corvette

13 March 2014
The Republic of China Navy launched the first of a new class of stealth missile corvettes on 14 March. Source: Ministry of National Defense, Republic of China

The Republic of China Navy (RoCN) launched the first of a new class of stealth missile corvettes on 14 March.

Tuo Jiang , a 500-tonne twin-hull boat built by Lung Teh Shipbuilding, was named in a ceremony conducted in Suao, Yilan County.

The high-speed corvette, described as a 'carrier-killer' by Taiwanese media, has a maximum speed of 38 kt and a range of 2,000 n miles. The 60 m by 14 m vessel has a low radar cross section (RCS) design and can carry a crew of 41.

There are few details on Tuo Jiang 's weapon systems but armaments reportedly include the Hsiung Feng III (HF-3) ramjet-powered supersonic anti-ship missile. The HF-3, manufactured by the defence ministry's Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (CSIST), is touted as Taiwan's most potent weapon against the People's Liberation Army Navy's (PLAN's) aircraft carrier. Previously revealed models of the corvette showed a primary gun on its foredeck and a close-in weapon system (CIWS) turret towards its aft section.

The Taiwanese legislature approved a TWD24.98 billion (USD823 million) budget in 2011 to fund the construction of between seven and 11 of such corvettes under the Hsun Hai (Swift Sea) programme. A fleet of 12 ships is now expected.

Tuo Jiang will undergo final tests and reviews before it is commissioned. The vessel is scheduled to be deployed with the RoCN in the first half of 2015.

Tuo Jiang was named in a ceremony conducted in Suao, Yilan County (Ministry of National Defense, Republic of China)Tuo Jiang was named in a ceremony conducted in Suao, Yilan County (Ministry of National Defense, Republic of China)
The 500-tonne twin-hull boat was built by Lung Teh Shipbuilding Co. (Ministry of National Defense, Republic of China)The 500-tonne twin-hull boat was built by Lung Teh Shipbuilding Co. (Ministry of National Defense, Republic of China)



(232 words)
By posting a comment you confirm that you have read and accept our Posting Rules and our Terms of Use of this site.

RELEVANT PROFILE LISTINGS

  • ASW Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel

    Type Developmental unmanned semi-submersible for ASW track and trail operations Development The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is looking to develop and demonstrate a 'game-changing' capability for an independently deployed unmanned naval vessel (UNV) optimised to track and

  • Deep Swift

    Type Work and survey class remotely operated vehicle Description Deep Swift is a 150 hp work and survey class remotely operated vehicle (ROV) rated to 3,000 m. It is DNV 2.7-1 A60 Zone II certified. The Deep Swift system includes a TMS. Designed to carry out underwater inspection, cable route

  • Offshore patrol vessels

    Fleetlist Comment: It was announced in November 2013 that three new helicopter-capable offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) were to be built, possibly to replace the River class. The contract was subsquently announced on 12 August 2014. The ships are to be based on the 90 m OPVs, originally built for

  • Transphibian

    Type Beach crawler/unmanned underwater vehicle Description The iRobot Transphibian is a manportable, fin-powered vehicle that is both a mobile unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) and a bottom crawler. It can autonomously insert itself into the water and operate in a very shallow area. The fins

  • USSV

    Type Experimental unmanned surface vehicles Description The Unmanned Sea Surface Vehicles (USSV) programme was established in 2003 under the sponsorship of the US Office of Naval Research (ONR). Principal programme objectives include the demonstration of unmanned surface vehicle (USV) concepts of

ADVERTISEMENT

Industry Links

IHS Jane's is not responsible for the content within or linking from Industry Links pages.
ADVERTISEMENT