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  1. Jyotish Kailashkumar

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    Taiwan plans purchase of 66 F-16V fighter jets: report

    Taiwan scraps plan to buy F-35 fighters, refocuses on F-16V


    By Scott Morgan

    2018/11/28

    TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan’s military has abandoned its plan to buy a number of F-35 fighter jets from the U.S., and will instead continue to consider a potential purchase of 66 F-16V fighter jets instead, reports suggest.

    UDN reported rumors suggesting that the fleet of F-5 fighter jets at Zhi-Hang Air Base in Taitung County will be retired and replaced by 66 F-16V jets, to strengthen the region’s defense against Chinese warships and other threats.

    The Taiwan military began investigating the potential F16-V purchase in August, and the Ministry of National Defense hopes to request a prospective quote from the U.S. by the end of the year, reports suggest.

    The U.S. is open to the possibility of licensing intellectual property and production line expertise relating to F-16V production to Taiwan, which poses an opportunity for Taiwanese industry development and employment, reports suggest.

    Air Force Command Headquarters told UDN that any potential weapon procurement is judged against enemy capability and operational needs.

    The Taiwan Government is expected to request a quote for the 66 proposed F-16V fighters, with the U.S. expected to confirm price and availability in the middle of 2019. This would then lead to payment to take place through the Ministry of National Defence’s budget for 2020.

    According to international prices, the sale of 66 F-16V fighters would amount to around US$10 billion (NT$308.98 billion). The price would be greater if Taiwan was to manufacturer the jet in Taiwan, reported UDN.

    In January 2017, the Taiwan Air Force began to upgrade its existing fleet of 145 F-16A/B fighters at a total cost of NT$110 billion (US$3.46 billion). The first of these upgraded fighters took to the skies in Oct. 2010, with the project expected to be completed before 2022.

    https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3585155
     
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    Why have they abandoned F35?
     
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    Maybe they did not abandon the sale, but the U.S. did.
    There were concerns that the Chinese might steal the technology.

    'There are also suspicions in Taiwan that opposition to the sale of a fifth-generation fighter would be raised in Washington over secrecy issues, as mainland Chinese espionage on the island is rampant.'

    https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/taiwan-gives-f-35-turns-f-16v-option-37332
     
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    why not J10C?
     
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    Bcz Pakistan cannot buy tejaz.
     
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    What is this?
     
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    F16 in this day and age with a delivery in maybe 2021 or 2022. It seems Taiwan is not serious about its threat perception. F16 was a great 20th century plane but the reds have taken giant steps in aeronautics and with russian expertise could be a handfull.
    The present and future is stealth.
    Bad decision for Taiwan but good for our economy.
     
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    Some sort of a delusional device which put its handlers in belief that they are super power.
     
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    Economy = small group of shareholders?
     
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    They don't trust Taiwan because a Taiwan pilot might defect and fly to China with F-35.
     
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    Loooooool
     
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    But if Chinese radars spot a F-35 coming from the direction of Taiwan, would they not shoot it down, before the Taiwanese pilot had the chance to explain? ;)
     
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    A single F-35 ain't threat to China. If a single F-35 flies to China, they know it is defecting.
     
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