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Taiwan plans to launch its first indigenous AUV within 5 years

2017/09/01 16:43:45

(From right to left) Education Minister Pan Wen-chung (潘文忠), Cheng Ying-Yao (鄭英耀), Wang Chau-chang (王兆璋)

Taipei, Sept. 1 (CNA) Taiwan will soon start development of its first indigenous autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), with the goal of launching it in five years' time, officials behind the project said Friday.

At a press conference, Wang Chau-chang (王兆璋) , director of the Taiwan Oceanic Research Institute (TORI), said Taiwan already has the technology to develop its own AUV, which should be ready for the first round of testing in two years.

Wang said he hoped the AUV project would be completed within five years, with the allocation of adequate funds and manpower.

The AUV would help boost Taiwan's oceanic research, military investigations, and international disaster relief efforts, according to former Deputy Minister of National Defense Admiral Chen Yung-kang (陳永康).

The AUV development team comprises personnel from National Sun Yat-sen University (NSYSU), Chung Cheng Institute of Technology at National Defense University, Jong Shyn Shipbuilding Group, CSBC Corporation, and TORI.

NSYSU President Cheng Ying-Yao (鄭英耀) said the project would mark a milestone in Taiwan's application of underwater technology, bringing together the power of academic institutions and the industrial sector to contribute to society.

(By Chen Chih-chong and Kuan-lin Liu)