Taiwan to build eight submarines under indigenous shipbuilding project

(Reuters) Cheng Wen-lon, chairman of state-controlled shipbuilder CSBC Corp Taiwan, which has been contracted to build the submarines, also told lawmakers that the initial design will be fully completed by early 2018.

Military and defense industry officials in Taiwan have said the first submarine is expected to go into operation within 10 years.

Taiwan has never built a submarine before and will need to rely on foreign technology support to make an advanced vessel, defense experts have said.

Source: Reporting by J.R. Wu; Editing by Michael Perry, Reuters

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