The Republic of China (ROC) Navy appears to be moving forward with a long awaited program to build diesel submarines in Taiwan. A domestic submarine program—which was aborted under former President Chen Shui-bian’s administration—reportedly has been resuscitated in President Ma Ying-jeou’s second term. While talk of an indigenous submarine program is nothing new, interest in […]Read more "CB 033012: Taiwan Navy Sailing Ahead with Indigenous Submarine Program"
China will soon be one-step closer to its long-standing quest to operate an aircraft carrier. Various reports confirmed that the aircraft carrier Varyag, which China purchased from Ukraine and has been under refurbishment at the port of Dalian, may be set for sea trials this summer (2011)—perhaps in July or as early as May (Navy […]Read more "CB 042211: Is China’s Carrier Aviation Program Kicking into High Gear?"
In a May 9 interview with Brazilian defense, strategy and intelligence news website Defasanet, Brazilian Defense Minister Nelson Jobim stated that Brazil and China had reached an agreement to train personnel from the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) in Brazil. In the interview (available in Portuguese), Jobim announced that the two sides reached a training […]Read more "CB 061209: PLAN Officers to Train on Brazilian Aircraft Carrier"
Recent reports circulating in the Chinese press indicate that Jiangnan Shipyard (Group) Company Limited—one of China’s oldest state-owned shipbuilding company regarded as the “cradle of China’s national [shipbuilding] industry”—could be slated by Beijing to carry out the Chinese military’s long-standing mission to build an indigenous aircraft carrier. This information, checked against various reports that appeared […]Read more "CB 043009: Changxing Shipbuilding Base: Home for China’s Future Indigenous Aircraft Carrier?"