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Taiwan Gets "Carrier Killer" as Asian Arms Race Escalates

The Taiwanese navy’s latest prize asset is a twin-hulled, stealthy missile corvette that carries powerful anti-ship missiles and can hit a top speed of 70 kilometers an hour. The ship, the first of a possible 12 under construction, was delivered this weekend.

Taiwanese media call it a carrier killer. Its missiles, stealth technology, and speed make it a strong asset to counter China’s growing navy, especially its new and future aircraft carriers. The first one, christened the Tuo River, will undergo final tests ahead of a planned 2015 deployment.

Taiwan’s carrier killer is the latest sign of an escalating arms race in East Asia, one heavily focused on navies. China, the Philippines, Vietnam, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, even India—all are racing to set up the most formidable and fastest navy, the best anti-ship missiles, the stealthiest aircraft. The seas of East Asia are getting crowded. Japan plans to deploy an amphibious defense unit to some of its farflung islands, like the Senkakus, which China and Taiwan claim but Japan controls and which lie only 170 kilometers from Taiwan.

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  • PKCasimir

    A “stealthy” corvette is hardly a “carrier killer.” The corvette has to first find the carrier then get through its defenses. Speed has nothing to do with it. Just because some nation puts out a press release pounding its chest doesn’t mean that WRM has to fall for it.

    • El Gringo

      And besides, it’s not carriers that Taiwan needs to worry about.

    • Breif2

      I too am tired of the “death of the carrier” evergreen, but surely you don’t think that the carriers in question are USN ones? Just because some nation pounds its chest and launches a ship that can deploy aircraft doesn’t mean that said ship is anywhere near as secure as a USN CBG.

  • slovokia

    The 70 km per hour figure in this article makes no sense – that is around 30 miles per hour. A ship could go faster than that.

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