The Ministry of National Defense has spent NT$49.3 billion to develop indigenous submarines. During a recent interview, former Chief of the General Staff Huang Shu-kuang said the detailed design of the first submarine has been completed and the launch could take place in September 2023.
The Ministry of National Defense has spent NT$49.3 billion to develop and build the prototype of the first indigenous submarine. Work began at the end of 2020, and there were expectations that it would be launched in 2024. In a recent interview, former Chief of the General Staff Huang Shu-kuang said the detailed design of the first submarine has been completed, and the submarine is being equipped. The builder is working against the clock on the pressure hull. He said the submarine may be delivered three months ahead of schedule in September 2023. Scholars say there are two reasons for the early delivery. One is that the work pace is faster than anticipated. The other is that China is expected to deploy its third aircraft carrier by 2025.
Su Tzu-yun, Director, Div. of Defense Strategy & Resources, INDSR："Admiral Huang understands the related technology. China is expected to deploy its third aircraft carrier in 2025. If Taiwan's indigenous submarine can be delivered ahead of schedule, it will have a big effect on this asymmetric warfare."
If tests and evaluations of the submarine proceed smoothly, then a plan to mass-produce eight to 12 more in batches in 2024 can be launched. The US recently conjectured that the People's Liberation Army may attack Taiwan in 2027. Military expert Su Tzu-yun said the date is significant as it is the centennial of the PLA's founding and the PLA's military power projection should be more complete by then, perhaps even enough to start regional wars. Taiwan's military uses asymmetric warfare to compete, and submarines will play an important role in the Taiwan Strait in the event of war.
Air Force Broadcast："This is a Republic of China Air Force broadcast directed at the People's Liberation Army aircraft located at an altitude of 3,000 meters in Taiwan's southwest airspace. You have already entered our ADIZ and are affecting our flight safety. Turn around and leave immediately."
A Chinese military aircraft entered Taiwan's southwest airspace around 8:30 a.m. on July 22, and the Air Force broadcast a message to order it to leave. Statistics compiled by military enthusiasts show that Chinese military aircraft have entered Taiwan's airspace on 12 days so far this month.