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Taiwan may build its own submarines

The fact is that the deal is being stalled.

Opinion is divided over whether the eight submarines should be built in Taiwan.

Just like at the time the project was aborted, many brass hats doubt Taiwan's shipbuilding capability. General Tang Yao-ming, the then-minister of national defense, testified at a Legislative Yuan committee meeting in 2004 nobody could guarantee the seaworthiness of locally built submarines.

“If sailors are killed in a test run, who is going to take responsibility?” questioned Tang, an air force general. Similar questions are being asked now.

But shipbuilders are confident they are up to the job.

“A research plan is under way to build submarine hulls up to the international standard,” said Wang Keh-hsuan, vice general manager of the CSBC Corp., Taiwan.

Wang said his state-owned company formerly known as China Shipbuilding Corporation is fully equipped to build submarines with 2,000 to 3,000 deadweight tons.

“Of course, all weapons and communications systems will have to be purchased from abroad,” Wang added. “We are all set to undertake the construction, if it is offered,” he stressed.

Fears over the safety of locally-built submarines is legitimate, but that's the challenge Taiwan has to take if it wants to have submarines of its own.

Opponents should be reminded that Japan sacrificed hundreds of officers and men to finally succeed in building its own submarines and the Zero fighter, both the best in the world at the time of their debut prior to Pearl Harbor in 1941.

A number of newly built submarines submerged but never came up in their test runs. Many test pilots were killed when their new Zero fighters crash-landed.

Even if a locally-built submarine is more costly than one purchased from abroad, Taiwan has to build its own underwater fighting craft, because naval powers around the world refuse to sell them to Taiwan for fear they might offend the People's Republic.

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August 15, 2009    tambi99ca@
To build a wall, it starts with one brick and then eventually a wall emerges. That is what the Taiwanese needs to do with the Sub program. Maybe they need to start small. Like a midget sub and then expand on that. Through time they will acquire the now how ho how to build a conventional diesel sub. The Taiwanese just have to have confidence and believe in themselves.
September 16, 2009    apropos@
Why doesn't Taiwan buy used Los Angeles Class boats as they're replaced by the Virginia Class?
October 8, 2009    homo@
What this article failed to say was the arms deal was blocked by the KMT and pan-blue controlled legislature for years...typical pro-chink, pan-blue type of article...trying to place the failures of the pro-chink KMT on the DPP...
October 8, 2009    eddie@
homo@ wrote:
What this article failed to say was the arms deal was blocked by the KMT and pan-blue controlled legislature for years...typical pro-chink, pan-blue type of article...trying to place the failures of the pro-chink KMT on the DPP...
hey homo@... in case you didn't know, the word "chink" is a racial slur referring to anyone with Chinese decent. If you want to say "China", just say "China". Don't sound like an ignorant fool.
October 9, 2009    elumpen@
Taiwanese drivers in an armed submarine. The Chinese had better watch out. And may God have mercy on our souls...
October 9, 2009    josua@
homo@ wrote:
What this article failed to say was the arms deal was blocked by the KMT and pan-blue controlled legislature for years...typical pro-chink, pan-blue type of article...trying to place the failures of the pro-chink KMT on the DPP...
It’s because the DPP jacked up the price tag of the submarine’s actual price. It’s what we call commission fee, under the table transaction fee and of course the famous GREEN color buck deposited in their own personal overseas secret bank account. That’s why the DPP was so obsessed with the GREEN COLOR.
October 9, 2009    johnny.bryan@
I don't support either KMT or DPP to purchase of military weapons because it is unnecessary. Why give our money to these arm suppliers (dealers) and to the ruling party through under the table transaction fee?
October 12, 2009    alchou626@
 
eddie@ wrote:
hey homo@... in case you didn't know, the word "chink" is a racial slur referring to anyone with Chinese decent. If you want to say "China", just say "China". Don't sound like an ignorant fool.
I'll drink to that!
October 13, 2009    bdinchitwn@
You’re suggesting that every single person involved in the weapons procurement process had knowledge that the weapons were overpriced and they were all involved in a huge conspiracy to allow the DPP to pocket the difference. Don’t you think that the KMT would have gone public with this knowledge if they knew? Of course they would have, but they didn't. So what does that mean? It means it didn't go down like that. the submarines were overpriced because the U.S. jacked up the price since they would have had to build the submarines from scratch and also because they're greedy SOBs who knew we could only buy from them. CSB is greedy, but so is everyone else in the world. That doesn't make what he did ok. But you should just be aware that not everything is blue good, green bad, or vice versa.
October 14, 2009    paulanthonysamson@
Better to spend the money on improved infrastructure, housing, and peaceful stuff. Eight subs won’t stop the commies anyway, so it’s a waste of money.
October 14, 2009    kbigan.jerry@
homo@ wrote:
What this article failed to say was the arms deal was blocked by the KMT and pan-blue controlled legislature for years...typical pro-chink, pan-blue type of article...trying to place the failures of the pro-chink KMT on the DPP...
You have a big mouth. Chinks is a derogatory word for us Chinese. If you are Chinese yourself you SOB. If you are not then you're a [expletive deleted] racist skinhead. Get out of the Republic of China...
February 21, 2012    ebowitz@
Submarines are pivotal to Taiwan's national security. I believe they have more than just two Dutch made subs. This story is disinformation, designed to make the international community, and, more importantly, China, feel Taiwan is too far behind in its own defense. It is elementary Sun-Tzu mindset to hide ones strengths and bide ones time in confrontation with a more powerful enemy. This is in the forefront of Chinese military tactic.
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