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Taiwan Grounds F-16 fighter fleet after jet goes Missing in drill

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The move involves about 140 aircraft and follows the disappearance of a jet minutes after takeoff on Tuesday.

Taiwan has grounded all of its F-16 fighter jets for safety inspections as it continues to search for a plane after it went missing during a training exercise on Tuesday night.

The grounding announced on Wednesday involves about 140 planes, which have played a crucial role in Taiwan’s efforts to deter Chinese aircraft that have been encroaching into its airspace more regularly in recent months.


The air force said a single-seat F-16 flown by a 44-year-old pilot disappeared from radar at an altitude of some 6,000 feet (1,800 metres) two minutes after taking off from Hualien air base in eastern Taiwan on Tuesday night.

The disappearance comes less than three weeks after a pilot was killed when he ejected from his F-5E fighter jet during training, prompting a similar grounding.


“The rescue mission is our top priority now. The air force has grounded all F-16s for checks and I’ve instructed an investigation into the cause of the incident,” President Tsai Ing-wen told reporters.

Tsai in October pledged to modernise Taiwan’s military in response to an increasingly assertive China, which claims the island as its own and has not ruled out the use of force to achieve its objective.


Without the F-16s, Taiwan’s air force fleet consists of the locally-built Indigenous Defence Fighter, French-built Mirages from the late 1990s and F-5E fighters that date back to the 1970s.

In January, eight senior officials including the chief of the general staff were killed in a helicopter crash.

There have been seven crashes involving F-16s since Taiwan took delivery of the fighters
, which it bought from the United States in 1997.

Taiwan has scrambled its planes at double the rate of last year to protect against China’s increased incursions into its airspace.

The defence ministry’s Twitter account shows one or two Chinese aircraft have entered the island’s airspace nearly every day this month.

Analysts say Beijing wants to test the island’s defence responses but also to wear out its fighters, which come closer to expiry with each sortie.


China has stepped up military, economic and diplomatic pressure on Taiwan since Tsai was first elected in 2016, in part due to her refusal to acknowledge that the island is part of Beijing’s “one China” concept.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/11/18/taiwan-grounds-its-f-16-fighters-after-jet-goes-missing


After oldy F-5 crash, Marines Ship sinking, Helicopter that killed General, and now their F-16 also goes missing.

Looks like they learn from our indian friend, how to make a flying coffin :D

This is the fourth crash for taiwan military in this year only :tsk:

There is no way, such a small country can WIN a War of Attrition against GIGANTIC China. Poor formosa.

With all F-16 Grounded, now their Air Forces only depends on Domestic Light Fighter Ching-kuo, and oldy F-5 & Mirage
 
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Thats not just a statement about the aircraft but also intelligence.

They are talking about the aircraft going missing not crashing. How can a tiny island even come into the situation to lose sight of a fighter jet? Nevermind an island American propaganda is touting to be armed to the teeth and supposedly capable to not even just inflict heavy damage but even stop and defeat a Chinese liberation force.

That indicates they have no clue whats really going on in the surrounding sea until hours after setting their full search capacity to figure out whats going on and to find the craft.
 

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Thats not just a statement about the aircraft but also intelligence.

They are talking about the aircraft going missing not crashing. How can a tiny island even come into the situation to lose sight of a fighter jet? Nevermind an island American propaganda is touting to be armed to the teeth and supposedly capable to not even just inflict heavy damage but even stop and defeat a Chinese liberation force.

That indicates they have no clue whats really going on in the surrounding sea until hours after setting their full search capacity to figure out whats going on and to find the craft.
They also unable to fully monitor small strait between their island and mainland.

China's Type 075 LHD 40,000 Tonnes Assault Carrier goes undetected at midnight crossing Taiwan strait to Sanya Naval Base in Southern China from Shanghai in Eastern China
 

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Considering number of aircrafts Indians lost last year alone Taiwan should consider this as a non issue. F16 is one of the safest aircraft with best flight record so grounding entire fleet is an over reaction. There could be sabotage at work here as well so they should investigate it thoroughly.
 

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PRC is trying to play attribution with ROC Taiwan. PLAAF has more plane and pilot. Everytime it forces a ROC fighter to take off and Intercept it. It wear out the lifespan fast and burn a lot cash of ROC.

ROC Taiwan is no way to pick a fight with PRC. Conclusion is PRC can afford cash burn while ROC Taiwan not. The stupid woman of ROC Taiwan shall just apologise admit her mistake for sake of her Taiwanese. She is putting ego above taiwanese interest.
Thats not just a statement about the aircraft but also intelligence.

They are talking about the aircraft going missing not crashing. How can a tiny island even come into the situation to lose sight of a fighter jet? Nevermind an island American propaganda is touting to be armed to the teeth and supposedly capable to not even just inflict heavy damage but even stop and defeat a Chinese liberation force.

That indicates they have no clue whats really going on in the surrounding sea until hours after setting their full search capacity to figure out whats going on and to find the craft.
I suspect the pilot of the F-16 blackout and the plane just dive into the sea. It's happen quite a number of times for many airforce and it's not unusual not to pick up anything since the pilot don't response and plane just disappear from radar and contact.
 

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Considering number of aircrafts Indians lost last year alone Taiwan should consider this as a non issue. F16 is one of the safest aircraft with best flight record so grounding entire fleet is an over reaction. There could be sabotage at work here as well so they should investigate it thoroughly.
I hope you have not given Indians the opportunity to remind us how many Jets we have lost this year!
 

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I hope you have not given Indians the opportunity to remind us how many Jets we have lost this year!
Our mainstay fighter F16 and JF 17 have excellent flight record. JF17 have even less accidental attrition than F16s in our inventory and F16 has one the best flight safety record. As for mirages it is a miracle that 50 year old aircrafts are still flying even after OEM refused to provide spare parts and even blocked attempts to get them from third party. Remember we are talking fighter aircrafts built in 1960s.
 

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PRC is trying to play attribution with ROC Taiwan. PLAAF has more plane and pilot. Everytime it forces a ROC fighter to take off and Intercept it. It wear out the lifespan fast and burn a lot cash of ROC.

ROC Taiwan is no way to pick a fight with PRC. Conclusion is PRC can afford cash burn while ROC Taiwan not. The stupid woman of ROC Taiwan shall just apologise admit her mistake for sake of her Taiwanese. She is putting ego above taiwanese interest.

I suspect the pilot of the F-16 blackout and the plane just dive into the sea. It's happen quite a number of times for many airforce and it's not unusual not to pick up anything since the pilot don't response and plane just disappear from radar and contact.

I guess the current high operation tempo with overflights of the Taiwan Strait have finally pushed the limit of these ancient airframes and their crews.

Anyway, there is something funny happen. In her press conference, Tsai as commander in chief cannot pronounce the unfortunate missing pilot.

Which is can show to us, their suck coordination. A disaster if emergency situation happen
 

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Considering number of aircrafts Indians lost last year alone Taiwan should consider this as a non issue. F16 is one of the safest aircraft with best flight record so grounding entire fleet is an over reaction. There could be sabotage at work here as well so they should investigate it thoroughly.
Model of the aircraft doesn't matter much here. There's only so much serviceable flight hours you can get out of an airframe and jet engine. Taiwan's f16s are 20 years old and worn out.
 

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Model of the aircraft doesn't matter much here. There's only so much serviceable flight hours you can get out of an airframe and jet engine. Taiwan's f16s are 20 years old and worn out.
Our F16s are nearly 40 year old now but still kicking. I believe taiwan is already under process of going for MLU with V upgrades so that will extend life of airframe by at least 20 years. Life of aircraft hardly matters nowadays bcz all 4th gen aircrafts have higher reliability rate and even undergo life extension programs. Some of aircrafts in PLAAF are pretty old but you hardly hear an crash reports.
 

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With all F-16 Grounded, now their Air Forces only depends on Domestic Light Fighter Ching-kuo, and oldy F-5 & Mirage
I think TW still has F-86 which performed a very good kill ratio to PLAF.

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Also, under a secret effort called "Operation Black Magic", the U.S. Navy modified some of the F-86 Sabre fighters of the Nationalist Chinese Air Force with its newly developed early AIM-9 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles. These missiles gave the Nationalist Chinese pilots a decisive edge over the Chinese Communists' Soviet-made MiG-15 and MiG-17 fighters in the skies over the Matsu Islands and the Taiwan Strait. The Nationalist Chinese pilots used the Sidewinder missiles to score numerous kills on People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) MiG aircraft
 

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Looks like the Chinese EW in action! It shows they can infiltrated into almost all commercially available Western defense systems! It’s the time to panic....

No indigenous EW capability, No sense of freedom....
 
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