Taiwan media said that the upgraded F-16 Russian-made fighter planes to counter the mainland are still unable to
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Indian newstrackindia website reported September 21, planning to upgrade its “Taiwan” in existing F-16 fighter jet fleet to enhance the latter’s self-defense capability, experts warn said, now U.S. involvement in Chinese affairs and Taiwan, the risk factor of conflict has become increasingly high.
According to reports, although the U.S. has decided not to “Taiwan” sell new F-16 fighter aircraft, but plans to upgrade the “Taiwan” existing fleet. In the U.S. view, the upgrade “Taiwan” old fighters will make the latter a self-defense capability, but also to avoid a huge rift with China.
The Wall Street Journal reports, defense experts say the upgrade enough to reverse the cross-strait military balance. Over the past few years, because the mainland opposite Taiwan has deployed hundreds of missiles and advanced aircraft, the military balance in the direction to the benefit of a substantial continental slope.
critics say, China has new capabilities, especially with the “aircraft carrier killer” known as “Taiwan” and the United States that already have anti-ship ballistic missile capability, leading to U.S. intervention in the Taiwan Strait conflicts have become increasingly dangerous.
experts also said that upgrading the fighter can not compete with China is estimated to have equipment 300-400 of the Russian-made Su-27 and Su-30 fighters, the nickname “Flanker” family of aircraft can carry more fuel and weapons, thus making farther, longer battery life possible.
report quoted the Australian Defence think-tank “air force” experts, military experts, China’s aviation science (Carlo Kopp) as saying, in fact, both the United States to sell Taiwan a new aircraft or upgrading them, F -16 fighters are not against the “Flanker” fighter.
experts say, are more likely to occur in the context of the naval blockade, Taiwan’s most likely to support two to three weeks, the basic idea is not to defeat the defense of the mainland People’s Liberation Army, but to resist, as the U.S. hand intervention to gain time. The last time the U.S. military intervention in 1996, when the mainland to the island of Taiwan off the coast of the sea launched missiles, the U.S. sent to the Taiwan Strait, two aircraft carrier battle groups. But today, it is unclear whether the U.S. will once again take the risk, because the United States in Korea, Japan and Guam base in China’s missiles are now within range, an aircraft approaching the United States may be subject to multiple Chinese missiles and submarines attacks. (Spring) ★