Taiwan’s military may abandon the direct procurement of the F-16C/D F-35B fighter
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BEIJING, May 7, Taiwan Air Force F-16A/B fighters According to Taiwan’s” China Times “reported that Taiwan’s defense sector has repeatedly stressed to the United States to buy the F- 16C/D fighter policy remains unchanged, but it is understood in the last year the United States agree that the F-16A/B upgrade case, the high-level consideration of Taiwan’s military defense budget crunch growing, if more synchronized procurement has surged to 300 billion (NT the same) F-16C/D fighter case Taiwan’s government finances will be unable to afford, and therefore has begun to reassess the future does not exclude to give up the F-16C/D, seeking to obtain an updated F-35B fighter directly.
may give up the F-16C/D procurements, Taiwan defense department military spokesman Luo Shao and six on the evening only emphasized that the Air Force is preparing to F-16A/B upgrade case, the future of the Air Force if to mention the needs of the new fighter, its performance should be higher than the upgraded F-16A/B fighters, this is the latest attitude of the current defense sector on the case.
It is understood that, because of Ma Ying-jeou has publicly reiterated to the U.S. purchase the wishes of the F-16C/D, high-level green light does not agree with the policy adjustment, the Taiwan defense department could not be released this arms procurement bill may turn to, especially concerned relations with the U.S., and therefore retain the policy room for maneuver.
about the F-16C/D procurement policy might change, Taiwan senior military officers has revealed that message on many public occasions. Zhaoshi Zhang Taiwan Defense Department last week, deputy head of armaments in the “Legislative Yuan” when answering a question publicly said that the two models should be obtained in the comparison of the overall combat capability, quantity and budget, have to do considering the overall.
other military units “Administrative Vice Minister Yang Nien-tsu also in the” Legislative Yuan “stated publicly that the United States has agreed to the F-16A/B fighters to enhance performance, the performance of many projects have gone beyond the F-16C Taiwan mentioning demand/D type, model level should be higher than the upgraded F-16A/B fighters, defense department will do further evaluation.
while Gao Hua-chu, Taiwan defense department earlier in September last year, when answering a question in the “Legislative Yuan” had publicly said that from 2007, the Air Force next-generation fighter requirements is the STOL performance , the next best thing is to buy the F-16C/D; October, told legislators, “said, if the F-16C/D production line shut down, maybe you can buy better.
Taiwan defense departments, the executives said, to be within the Air Force to complete a new generation of fighter procurement assessment case in the defense sector will be referred to the entire assessment room model to simulate from the overall Jianjun direction and budget allocations direction, a comprehensive review of whether it is necessary to adhere to the procurement of the F-16C/D fighters, but the senior is not clear instructions to turn the former Taiwan defense sector can not own the words of the dead.
within the military, because the United States agreed in September last year the F-16A/B fighters carried out the performance improvement case, projects and performance beyond our needs, even up to C/D level, defense senior departmental recently have been discussed, if the U.S. is suddenly selling C/D version, the military did not budget for.
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