Taiwan to Receive Two US Frigates

11 August 2010 (Last Updated August 11th, 2010 18:30)

The US Navy will provide the Taiwanese Navy with two Perry Class frigates to increase the island's defence capabilities. The US Government has notified Taiwan of the sale of $40m two Perry Class frigates, which can be used to launch marine patrol helicopters. Taiwan's Navy is

The US Navy will provide the Taiwanese Navy with two Perry Class frigates to increase the island's defence capabilities.

The US Government has notified Taiwan of the sale of $40m two Perry Class frigates, which can be used to launch marine patrol helicopters.

Taiwan's Navy is in a five-year navy build-up programme that began in 2008 and currently operates a fleet of eight Perry Class frigates, according to naval spokesman Hsia Yu-teh.

Under the build-up programme, Taiwan plans to acquire eight conventional submarines, an unknown number of frigates and guided-missile patrol boats.

In January 2010, the US announced a weapons package for Taiwan that included Patriot missiles, Black Hawk helicopters and equipment for Taiwan's F-16 fighter jets, according to Taipei's Apple Daily.

China reportedly increased its missiles aimed at Taiwan from 300 to 1,400 between 2001 to 2008.