The Republic of China Navy (RoCN) launched the first of a new class of stealth missile corvettes on 14 March.
Tuo Jiang , a 500-tonne twin-hull boat built by Lung Teh Shipbuilding, was named in a ceremony conducted in Suao, Yilan County.
The high-speed corvette, described as a ‘carrier-killer’ by Taiwanese media, has a maximum speed of 38 kt and a range of 2,000 n miles. The 60 m by 14 m vessel has a low radar cross section (RCS) design and can carry a crew of 41.
There are few details on Tuo Jiang ‘s weapon systems but armaments reportedly include the Hsiung Feng III (HF-3) ramjet-powered supersonic anti-ship missile. The HF-3, manufactured by the defence ministry’s Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (CSIST), is touted as Taiwan’s most potent weapon against the People’s Liberation Army Navy’s (PLAN’s) aircraft carrier. Previously revealed models of the corvette showed a primary gun on its foredeck and a close-in weapon system (CIWS) turret towards its aft section.