Taiwan says US has approved key submarine technology sale

Taipei (AFP) – The United States has issued an export permit for a digital sonar system critical to Taiwan’s indigenous submarine project, a top defence official said Wednesday. Taipei was notified by Washington on Tuesday that the permit has been granted, vice defence minister Chang Che-ping said during a parliament session. The digital sonar system and an integrated combat system are two key components Taiwan needs to build its own modern submarines. Chang did not elaborate on the status of the combat system. Taiwan began construction on a fleet of indigenous submarines last month, the lates…

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