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Kaohsiung Maritime 2018: CSBC reveals further details of LPD on order for Taiwan

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

Taiwanese shipbuilder CSBC Corporation has given further details of the landing platform dock (LPD) vessel that it will build for the Republic of China Navy (RoCN).

CSBC received a contract for the vessel, which has been ordered to fulfil the RoCN’s amphibious assault requirements, in April 2018.

As reported by Jane’s on 27 September, the LPD will have an overall length of 153 m, an overall beam of 23 m, and a hull draught of 6 m. It can attain a maximum speed of 21.5 kt and a range of 12,500 n miles at the economical cruising speed of 13 kt.

The vessel will be armed with a 76 mm naval gun in the primary position, and a close-in weapon system (CIWS) turret, and two 12.7 mm machine gun positions in the forward section.

CSBC has since disclosed that the LPD will also be armed with launchers that can deploy the Hsiung Feng II and III family of anti-ship, and land-attack cruise missiles.

The vessel will have a crew complement of 190, and carrying capacity for up to 250 marines and 233 fully armed troops. The vessel will also be able to take up to four 16 m mechanised landing craft (LCM) vessels, or up to two 36 m utility landing craft (LCU) vessels in its well dock.

The vessel will feature a flight deck that can accommodate one anti-submarine warfare variant of the S-70C helicopter, of which 18 are known to be currently in service with the RoCN.

“This configuration will be tested by the navy, and they will give us a feedback. Based on this feedback, we will design the second ship,” the CSBC representative added, confirming plans that Taiwan intends to eventually operate four ships in the class.

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