Taiwan to Build Minesweeping Naval Craft

21 October 2010 (Last Updated October 21st, 2010 18:30)

Taiwan plans to build six minesweepers as part of efforts to boost its defence capabilities, Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) legislator Lin Yu-fang has said. The six minesweepers, along with two US-built Osprey Class minesweepers will replace the nation's aging minesweeping fleet, he said

Taiwan plans to build six minesweepers as part of efforts to boost its defence capabilities, Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) legislator Lin Yu-fang has said.

The six minesweepers, along with two US-built Osprey Class minesweepers will replace the nation's aging minesweeping fleet, he said.

"The design of the six planned vessels has been completed. The deal will cost more than NT$30bn ($938m) and production is scheduled to start in 2012," he added.

Taiwan needs to increase its capabilities against Chinese mining operations in the Taiwan Strait, according to Agence France Presse.