An open tender for the initial design phase for the navy’s Indigenous Defence Submarine program will go live today, with the main design contract expected to be signed next month. The tender bid process for the main contractor will be restricted to domestic companies, according to Chief of Staff Vice Admiral Mei Chia-shu.
The Ministry of National Defense estimates design work on the new submarine program will be completed in three years and it will take a further five years to build a prototype, with the first submarine expected to be delivered in 2024 and put into service by 2025, following operational testing and evaluation.
The Legislative Yuan’s Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee on Thursday last week decided to completely abolish the NT$50 million budget for purchasing submarines from abroad next year.
(Liberty Times, translated by Edward Jones)