TAIPEI: Taiwan plans to more than double its yearly missile production capacity to shut to 500 this yr, the island’s defence ministry stated in a report, because it boosts its fight energy amid what it sees as China’s rising navy menace.
Taiwan final yr permitted further navy spending of T$240 billion (US$8.6 billion) over the following 5 years as tensions with China, which claims the island as its personal territory, have hit a brand new excessive and Chinese navy planes have repeatedly flown by way of Taiwan’s air defence identification zone.
In a report printed on Wednesday and despatched to the parliament for assessment by lawmakers, a duplicate of which was reviewed by Reuters, the defence ministry stated the additional spending included plans to enhance annual missile production capacity to 497 from the present 207 a yr.
Among them are Taiwan’s self-made Wan Chien air-to-ground missiles in addition to the upgraded model of the Hsiung Feng IIE missile, the longer-range Hsiung Sheng land-attack missile which navy consultants say is able to hitting targets additional inland in China.
The ministry was additionally planning to begin manufacturing unspecified “attack drones” with an annual production goal of 48 such plane.
The military-owned National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology is aiming to construct 34 new services to manufacture missiles by the tip of June, a transfer that may assist meet “production peak” beginning in 2023, the report stated.
About 64 per cent of the additional navy spending, which got here on high of deliberate navy spending of T$471.7 billion for 2022, shall be spent on anti-ship weapons comparable to land-based missile programs, together with a T$148.9 billion plan to mass produce homegrown missiles and “high-performance” ships.
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen has made modernising the navy a high precedence, pushing for varied defence tasks together with placing into service a brand new class of stealthy warship and creating its personal submarines.
Tsai has championed the concept of “asymmetric warfare” by creating high-tech, highly-mobile weapons which might be onerous to destroy by an enemy and might ship precision assaults.
She advised a visiting US delegation this week that China’s navy menace is rising and vowed to defend the island’s freedom and democracy.
Taiwan believes China has 1000’s of missiles geared toward it, and Chinese forces dwarf these of Taiwan’s. China additionally has nuclear weapons, which Taiwan doesn’t.
China has by no means dominated out the usage of power to deliver the democratic island below its management.