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The f16 jet fighters and Surface to air anti missles sold to Taiwan are not junk. In fact, f 16 jets has never been shot down during any combat in history, as of yet. The f16 will do their jobs well. And the f16 cost 55 to 60 million each., which is the exact same price it cost all other US allies, to purchase. In fact, even the pentagon who buys the f16 has to pay the same amount from contractors too. |
The anti missles systems sold to Taiwan is really effective too, it will take down anything that flies close to Taiwan. Taiwan has the highest number of anti missle systems per square mile in the world. And recently Taiwan has deployed a newer version of the missles shield made in Taiwan as well.
I was reading another article, Taiwan has already made cluster bombs, yes your PLA lose their arms and legs trying to land on the beaches of Taiwan. read below:
Taiwan Unveils Upgraded Home-Made Fighter Aircraft
Agence France-Presse | Apr 9, 2007
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Chingchuankang Taiwan: Taiwan Tuesday unveiled an upgraded home-made fighter jet which President Chen Shui-bian said demonstrated the island's determination to defend itself against rival China. A prototype of the sleek twin-seater fighter, an improved version of the Ching-Kuo Indigenous Defence Fighter IDF-II, scrambled for take-off at the Chingchuankang airbase in central Taiwan.
Hundreds of guests and engineers from the government-owned aircraft maker Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation (AIDC) applauded as the fighter looped and banked to show off its maneuvering capability.
"The success is not only the latest achievement of our defence industry, but it also demonstrates Taiwan's determination and efforts to defend ourselves," Chen said at the end of the new fighter's 10-minute test flight.
Chen named the new jet "Hsung Ying", or Goshawk -- an indigenous bird renowned for the speed of its attacks on prey.
Ching-Kuo Indigenous Defence Fighter IDF-II
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The AIDC unveiled the prototype of an upgraded single-seated upgrade late last year.
Costing the military seven billion Taiwan dollars (212.12 million US) in a project launched in 2001, the Goshawk had increased its endurance time with the installation of two additional fuel tanks, the AIDC said.
The new fighter has upgraded mission computers and an advanced fire control radar system, and will be armed with four medium-range air-to-air missiles, it said, adding service entry was scheduled for 2010 if further development was successful.
With the aid of the United States, Taiwan produced 130 IDFs during the 1990s to replace its ageing Lockheed F-104s and Northrop F-5s. But the US has restricted Taiwan from developing offensive weapons that could be used to attack the Chinese mainland.
"If the air force decided not to upgrade the IDFs, it may be forced to ground the whole fleet 10 years from now," Chang said.
He said if Goshawks could be armed with "Wan Chien" (Ten Thousand Swords) cluster bombs that could be used to attack China's coastal military installations, 300 kilometres from Taiwan, they would pose a greater threat to China's military might.
Taiwanese arms researchers have reportedly successfully developed "Wan Chien".
The United States is the major arms supplier to the island, providing it with defensive weapons in accordance with its Taiwan Relations Act.