posted on Mar, 20 2018 @ 05:40 AM
a reply to: anzha
Taiwan cannot hope to defend their own airspace against a Chinese attack, with or without two, three dozen F-15s.
The PLAAF will always be able to field two or three times the number of modern fighter jets the ROCAF would able to commit to the defense of Taiwan.
Not that it matters. If it ever comes to war, China will quickly destroy most Taiwanese airbases with ballistic missiles.
Taiwan has only very few modern air defense systems and the PAC-3s wont be enough to defend against a Chinese bombardment.
Introducing VTOLs like the Harrier or the F-35B wouldnt solve this problem either, they'd lose the numbers game anyway.
Instead of wasting their limited funds in an arms race they cannot hope to win, they should focus on areas where they can beat the Chinese and
actually defend against an invasion of Taiwanese isles or the main island itself.
More and better armed missile boats, preferably with supersonic or LO AShMs. Western built modern SSKs if they can get them. Their main focus should
actually be on the Army. It would be incredible bloody for China to mount an amphibious assault against a mechanized, but well fortified force.
Unfortunately Taiwan is in the process of abolishing conscription at this time which is a serious error. They need the opposite, build up their
numbers and implement a robust reserve and mobilization system. There are 20.000.000 Taiwanese, more than 5 million capable of military service.
Building up an ground arm with more than 1 million under arms fully mobilized is entirely possible and would effectively make an invasion
But of course they chose to prioritize the Navy and Air Force over the Army which is a losing strategy against China.