Taiwan Military News, Reports, Data, etc.

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    Not terribly expensive. I think for that money you could only get two Type 214 submarines.
    That is buying an existing design off the shelf without building new construction facilities.
    It remains to be seen if they will only spend that amount though.
     
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    $1.5 billion for even the first SSK is nuts. Even if the follow on cost only $1 billion a hull, that's still $8.5 billion.

    How can they pay for it, with the F-16V and other projects?
     
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    I doubt it is just the cost of the submarine. It is likely the cost of building the manufacturing facilities, doing the design work, buying lots of tools, etc.

    Remember that Taiwan will need to source most of the components, if not all of them, from the US. Which is not a diesel-electric submarine builder nation.
    This is something akin to the F-CK-1 fighter program.

    Check out these fairly recent programs for a comparison in terms of costs.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A26_submarine
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S-80_Plus-class_submarine
     
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    Given that the S80 costs 4 billion euros, the whole thing will probably be north of $10 billion of Taipei robs Peter to pay Paul.
     
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    Beijing protests American warships sailing through the Taiwan Strait (again) https://www.navytimes.com/news/your...hips-sailing-through-the-taiwan-strait-again/
     
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    Air Force awards $355M to Raytheon for anti-radar missiles
    I guess $76 million of the sale is going to Taiwan.
    source : Inside Defense May 24, 2019
     
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    I don't know, the vessel seems to be a dedicated high speed minelayer for high risk littoral environments(read: the Taiwan straight itself), as well as a surface combatant for the same area.

    Twin hull offers both speed and flat volume for additional mine "lines", and its downsides in this role are negliable.
    Why not?
     
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