A Tuo Chiang-class corvette during an official ceremony in Yilan, Taiwan, December 15, 2020.
A second Tuo Chiang-class corvette has entered service with Taiwan’s Navy.
They are fast, multi-mission ships armed with anti-ship and anti-aircraft missiles, close-in weapon systems, torpedoes, and a deck gun.
Their speed, design, and armament lead some to call them “carrier-killers”
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The new Tuo Chiang-class corvettes are swift, stealthy, and deadly.
A threat to the PLAN?
During a christening event that saw Taiwan’s second Tuo Chiang-class corvette enter service with the Republic of China Navy, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen said that the corvette “proves that on the path to becoming independent in national defense, no matter what difficulties arise, we can overcome them one by one.”
The Tuo Chiang-class corvette, represented by just two vessels, offers several capabilities that Taiwan believes could help the small island nation on China’s doorstep fend off an amphibious assault from Beijing.
Tuo Chiang-class corvette
The class are fast, multi-mission ships that have several features that help in mitigating their radar signature.
Capable of sprinting at 45 knots thanks to a wave-piercing catamaran hull design, the two ships would rely on hit-and-run tactics to harry Chinese ships headed toward Taiwan rather than take on a Chinese armada face-on.
The ship’s structure is quite rounded and smooth compared to other similar corvettes and helps minimize radar-bounceback. In addition, the ship’s exhaust is cooled to reduce their infrared signature and the threat posed by heat-seeking munitions. As a result, it is unlikely that the ships would be undetectable.
However, these design considerations would greatly help blend into background “chatter” or movement detected by radar and help the ships blend into their surroundings.
President Tsai Ing-wen aboard Taiwan’s first domestically built Tuo Jiang corvette at Suao Naval Base in Yilan, Taiwan, June 4, 2016.
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