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Will Obama drop a viper in China’s lap?

Last August I wrote in this blog that Taiwan‘slong-hoped-for F-16 C/D purchase could become an election issue in the USA this year. Therecent letter from the Obama administration to Senator John Cornyn suggeststhat the administration could indeed sell Taiwan new F-16s. This would be a greatway to bolster the president’s tough guy foreign policy credentials […]

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PICTURES: ROCAF takes delivery of B-26 Marauder

A Martin B-26 Marauder (above image courtesy of wp.scn.ru)has made its way to Taiwan, where the twin engine aircraft once flew reconnaissancemissions over China. A media repot said the aircraft is part of an exchange deal between Taiwan’smilitary and Portland’s Classic Aircraft Aviation Museum. According to the Republic of China Air Force (ROCAF) website, the […]

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Taiwan’s 66 F-16 C/Ds: the Ohio and Florida problem

Wendell Minnick’s Defense News story that a US delegation visited Taiwanto tell Taipeithat the deal for 66 F-16 C/Ds is dead has created a stir in the region’sdefence circles. Officials from both the USand Taiwanrushed to deny the report. Nonetheless, virtually every pundit, journalist,official, and industry executive I’ve spoken to privately feels that Taiwan won’t […]

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TADTE attendance reflects China fear factor

Taiwan‘srequirement for 66 new F-16 C/Ds is no diminutive affair. Regional requirementsfor fewer aircraft such as Malaysia‘snew fighter (16-18 aircraft), Japan‘sFX-II (42), and Korea‘sFX-III (60) have attracted intense interest from the heavy hitters: Boeing,Lockheed Martin, Rafale, Eurofighter, Saab, and even the Russians. In such competitions the biggies spend small fortunes onelaborate stands at local air […]

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TADTE: UCAVs and carrier killers

Quite enjoying the world of Taiwan military aviation on show atthe Taipei Aerospace & Defense Technology Exhibition (TADTE, which everyonepronounces as ‘TATE’). The most striking thing by far is the belligerent videos andimages the Taiwan Ministry of National Defense has on display. A video in the stand of Chung-Shan Institute of  Science and Technology (above) […]

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That mysterious bulge on Taiwan’s IDF

Last week Taiwanannounced an upgrade to 71 of its 130 AIDC Ching Kuo Indigenous DefenseFighters (IDFs) – pictured above. The upgrade included colour screens in thecockpit, improved avionics, and the ability to carry four Tien Chien 2 (SkySword) missiles, up from two previously.   Despite its modest nature the upgrade was celebrated withmuch fanfare, including […]

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Taiwan’s AH-64 deal: a knife for a gunfight

Some years back I toured the USS Nimitz . Somebody in the groupasked the officer showing us around about the RIM-7 Sea Sparrow launcher. “If it ever gets to the point we need to use that, we’realready dead,” he replied. The same could be said of last week’s news that Taiwanwill purchase 30 Boeing AH-64 […]

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Must read: Rand’s view on PLAAF vs. Taiwan

The implications of a bust up between China and Taiwanare almost too harrowing to contemplate, especially if the United States and Japan were drawn in. The world’sinter-connected economy would collapse as the world entered the great unknown. Thehuman toll could be horrendous.Nonetheless, Chinais dead serious about getting Taiwanback, and force will remain very much on […]

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So when is a military helicopter not a military helicopter?

When China (and Eurocopter) says so, it seems.Taiwan’s air force has bought three EC225s for search and rescue missions. Eurocopter says that it is for civil use, and emphasises that this is not a military variant. Yet, doesn’t the fact that this was bought by the air force rather than a civilian agency make it […]

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Boeing, Sikorsky and GE caught in middle after US sale to Taiwan

Boeing, Sikorsky and GE could face sanctions as the US goes ahead with the latest arms sales to Taiwan.Beijing, for the first time, has threatened sanctions against the companies that are involved in the sale. The deal includes 60 Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters that are powered by GE engines, and Harpoon missiles that are […]

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