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Taiwan currently has 66 new F-16Vs on order with the United States. (Sam Yeh/AFP via Getty Images)


MELBOURNE, Australia — Taiwan is ready to deploy its upgraded Lockheed Martin F-16 fighter jets for operational missions, with the program to upgrade the entire fleet on track for completion by 2023, according to the Air Force chief of staff.

Lt. Gen. Huang Chih-Wei was addressing lawmakers at Taiwan’s parliament, the Legislative Yuan, when he confirmed that 42 F-16s are upgraded to the F-16V standard. A formal handover ceremony is scheduled for later this month, with President Tsai Ing-wen in attendance.

The upgraded jets, which will be fitted with an active electronically scanned array radar, will go to the 4th Tactical Fighter Wing at Chiayi on Taiwan’s west coast, where the aircraft will become the Air Force’s most capable combat aircraft.

The upgrade program will see a total of 141 F-16s refurbished by Taiwan’s Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation, or AIDC, with support from Lockheed Martin.

The upgraded F-16s are equipped with Northrop Grumman’s AN/APG-83 scalable agile beam radar, a new mission computer and upgraded electronic warfare equipment. Taiwan originally requested upgrade packages for 145 F-16s in 2011, but that number was reduced due to attrition.

Taiwan is considered a renegade province by China, which had vowed to reunite the island with the mainland by force if necessary. Taiwan currently has 66 new F-16Vs on order with the United States. Taiwan’s Air Force also operates French-built Dassault Mirage 2000 and indigenous AIDC F-CK-1 fighter jets, and has in recent months been heavily engaged in intercepting and investigating Chinese military aircraft crossing into its air defense identification zone.
 

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Sir this article has some very sensitive information.
Sensitive? More like bluff. A paper cat trying to put on a brave front. ROCAF fighter numbers will be wear down even before war started given the high take off sorties and tear and wear due large number of PLAAF buzzing the strait daily.

PLAAF has large number of fighter planes and we have 15 trillion USD war chest of money. We can afford to play this game. Can ROCAF do the same?
 

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Taiwan air force maintain steady readiness. it will be further strengthen by newly ordered F-16V, with advanced AESA radar, EW system and many more. Taiwan strait will be the final grave of many PLA personel.
 

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F-16V is no match for J-10C. On top of that, Taiwan's F-16 are decades old. Means the planes are not safe to fly and due for replacement.
Taiwan air force maintain steady readiness. it will be further strengthen by newly ordered F-16V, with advanced AESA radar, EW system and many more. Taiwan strait will be the final grave of many PLA personel.
Kashgar airbase is from where PLA strikes Taiwan. It's about 4,500 km from Taiwan which means Taiwanese F-16 don't have the range to strike back. And if their F-16 try to fly over mainland they get shot down by J-20 and HQ-9C.

 
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Taiwan currently has 66 new F-16Vs on order with the United States. (Sam Yeh/AFP via Getty Images)



MELBOURNE, Australia — Taiwan is ready to deploy its upgraded Lockheed Martin F-16 fighter jets for operational missions, with the program to upgrade the entire fleet on track for completion by 2023, according to the Air Force chief of staff.

Lt. Gen. Huang Chih-Wei was addressing lawmakers at Taiwan’s parliament, the Legislative Yuan, when he confirmed that 42 F-16s are upgraded to the F-16V standard. A formal handover ceremony is scheduled for later this month, with President Tsai Ing-wen in attendance.

The upgraded jets, which will be fitted with an active electronically scanned array radar, will go to the 4th Tactical Fighter Wing at Chiayi on Taiwan’s west coast, where the aircraft will become the Air Force’s most capable combat aircraft.


The upgrade program will see a total of 141 F-16s refurbished by Taiwan’s Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation, or AIDC, with support from Lockheed Martin.

The upgraded F-16s are equipped with Northrop Grumman’s AN/APG-83 scalable agile beam radar, a new mission computer and upgraded electronic warfare equipment. Taiwan originally requested upgrade packages for 145 F-16s in 2011, but that number was reduced due to attrition.

Taiwan is considered a renegade province by China, which had vowed to reunite the island with the mainland by force if necessary. Taiwan currently has 66 new F-16Vs on order with the United States. Taiwan’s Air Force also operates French-built Dassault Mirage 2000 and indigenous AIDC F-CK-1 fighter jets, and has in recent months been heavily engaged in intercepting and investigating Chinese military aircraft crossing into its air defense identification zone.
target practice for the PL-15s.
 

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target practice for the PL-15s.
F-16 is no match for J-20. J-20 is air superiority.

Kashgar airbase is from where PLA strikes Taiwan. It's about 4,500 km from Taiwan which means Taiwanese F-16 don't have the range to strike back. And if their F-16 try to fly over mainland they get shot down by J-20 and HQ-9C.

 

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F-16 is no match for J-20. J-20 is air superiority.

Kashgar airbase is from where PLA strikes Taiwan. It's about 4,500 km from Taiwan which means Taiwanese F-16 don't have the range to strike back. And if their F-16 try to fly over mainland they get shot down by J-20 and HQ-9C.

yeah but that's an over kill. taiwan is will within the range of PHL-03 Multiple rocket launchers that have a range of 300 kilometers. just rocket the hell outta their airbases to the extent that their F16s can't even take off.
 

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F-16V is no match for J-10C. On top of that, Taiwan's F-16 are decades old. Means the planes are not safe to fly and due for replacement.


Kashgar airbase is from where PLA strikes Taiwan. It's about 4,500 km from Taiwan which means Taiwanese F-16 don't have the range to strike back. And if their F-16 try to fly over mainland they get shot down by J-20 and HQ-9C.

No they will undergo replacement
F16 is studied widely the company knows exactly what part to replace to make them flyabale

The V update would put them on par anything china operates execept the j20

In the hands of indians(not taiwan) this would have been superior to j20 just like their rafale is
 

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The V update would put them on par anything china operates execept the j20
F-16V is good but still not as good as J-10C which has IRST and HMDS and not to mention DSI which vastly reduces weight and RCS.
F16 is studied widely the company knows exactly what part to replace to make them flyabale
Their engines are worn out. They need to retire them. France refused to sell Taiwan Rafale after selling Taiwan Mirage 2000 back in the early 90s. This is due to China pressure on France.
 

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