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China slams sale of six MCMVs to Taiwan

03 November 2014

Key Points

  • China has protested at the inclusion of foreign components and systems in six MCMVs to be built for RoCN
  • The MCMVs will likely form a key component of Taiwan's defence against China's possible use of increasingly sophisticated naval mines, including the EM-53 'smart mine'

The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has criticised the involvement of several foreign companies in the sale of six mine countermeasures vessels (MCMVs) to the Republic of China Navy (RoCN).

An IHS Jane's report from Euronaval on 31 October 2014 carried a confirmation from Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training that the company will be part of a team that will be led by Taiwanese shipyard Ching Fu Shipbuilding to deliver six 52 m, 700-ton MCMVs to the RoCN, the first of which will be delivered by the end of 2019.

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