Navy plans live-fire torpedo drill on Wednesday: source

06/30/2020 10:49 PM
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The Chien Lung / CNA file photo
The Chien Lung / CNA file photo

Taipei, June 30 (CNA) The Taiwanese Navy's submarines plan to carry out a live-fire torpedo drill for the first time in 13 years off the coast of southeastern Taiwan on Wednesday, a military source said Tuesday.

Rounds of the German-made SUT heavyweight torpedoes would be fired from the Chien Lung class diesel electric submarines as part of target training, a military official who asked not to be named told CNA.

The SUT, which stands for Surface and Underwater Target, is a German 21-inch heavyweight torpedo produced by Atlas Elektronik which entered service in 1967. It is a dual-purpose weapon that can be launched from surface ships, submarines, and shore positions.

Without further elaborating, the official said the submarine exercise would be held ahead of the annual Han Kuang military exercises, which are set to take place July 13-17 this year.

Meanwhile, a notice by the Fisheries Agency has warned local fishing boats not to operate in waters off the coast of southeastern Taiwan between 4 a.m. and 8:10 a.m. on Wednesday due to the military's live-fire exercise.

The last time Taiwan's Navy carried out a live-fire torpedo exercise was in 2007.

In May of this year, the United States approved the sale of 18 advanced MK-48 Mod 6AT heavyweight torpedoes to the country.

The MK-48, designed to destroy high-speed nuclear-powered submarines and high-performance surface ships, will replace Taiwan's ageing SUT torpedoes.

(By Matt Yu and Ko Lin)

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