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Kaohsiung Maritime 2018: NCSIST, CSBC Corporation unveil frigate concept for export market

30 September 2018
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A model of the light frigate concept on display at the Kaohsiung International Maritime and Defence exhibition in 2018. Source: IHS Markit/Ridzwan Rahmat

Key Points

  • A Taiwan defence research institute has teamed up with a private shipbuilder on a light frigate concept
  • Project reflects the country’s ambition to capture international demand for similar surface combatants

Taiwan’s National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST) and CSBC Corporation have teamed up on light frigate concept that will be marketed to potential export customers.

NCSIST is the primary research institution of Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense, while CSBC Corporation is the state-linked shipbuilder in the country.

A NCSIST representative who spoke to Jane’s at the Kaohsiung International Maritime and Defence exhibition described the frigate project as one that seeks to showcase Taiwan’s more advanced naval shipbuilding capabilities, and capture the global demand for surface combatants.

“Taiwanese shipbuilders have been successful in exporting smaller vessels for government users. We see demand for larger vessels globally, and we aim to be a player in this market,” he added.

The concept, which has been drawn from about five years of research and development (R&D) efforts, has an overall length of about 110 m, an overall beam of 17 m, and a hull draught of about 4 m. It is designed to operate in littoral waters, with a baseline crew complement of about 35. It can accommodate one medium-lift helicopter on the flight deck.

The vessel can be armed with naval guns of up to 76 mm in calibre at the primary position, a 30 mm remote-controlled weapon station (RCWS) or close-in weapon system (CIWS) in the aft section, and up to eight diagonally mounted missile launchers mounted amidships.

The NCSIST representative emphasised that the concept is just a proposal, and that it can be modified according to customer requirements. “For example, we can remove the missile launchers for a helicopter hangar if this is required,” he said.

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