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    The navy has submitted a request for NT$31.6 billion (US$1.03 billion) to build 50-tonne fast-attack missile boats, as part of the national defense budget, which was submitted for legislative review yesterday.

    A high-ranking defense official, who asked not to be identified, said the boats are part of an effort to strengthen Taiwan’s asymmetric warfare capabilities in the face of a growing military imbalance in the Taiwan Strait.

    The nation cannot rely on conventional warfare as a solution, and must adjust its approach, the official said.

    As such, it is important to focus on quality, efficiency and precision over quantity, with the acquisition and construction of fast-attack missile boats, mobile air defense systems and anti-armor weaponry a priority, the official said.

    Assault boats are small, fast, agile and can be armed with anti-ship missiles, guns or torpedoes, the official said.

    The planned attack boats would each be equipped with two Hsiung Feng II anti-ship missiles, the official said.

    The navy is also seeking NT$917.77 million to construct four minelayers to deter enemy ships, the official added.




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