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Taiwan seeking to by up to 66 F-16's

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posted on Aug, 4 2006 @ 05:13 AM
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Finnish and Swedish AFs do that too...
Plus the highway strips are good for street racing too




posted on Aug, 4 2006 @ 09:26 PM
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Heres some pictures of the 2004 exercise where the Mirage 2000 took off and landed





posted on Aug, 5 2006 @ 10:04 AM
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Hey Chinawhite..
Aren't Sino-French relations a little sour due to the fact that Taiwan has those Mirage 2000s?



posted on Aug, 5 2006 @ 05:53 PM
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Fair play to them, I reckon they are going to need 'em. Kudos goes to the US for allowing them to get hold of them.

That is the next 'big' flashpoint imo....but it will take some doing for the Chinese to get in there and take a big enough foothold to get enough troops on the ground to take the place out.

I reckon the Taiwanese probably get more hours in the air than the USAF or the RAF, they've probably got some sh*t hot pilots, with a lot of motivation to keep themselves in that state.

All imvho.

Cheers

CodexK



posted on Aug, 5 2006 @ 07:53 PM
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Originally posted by Daedalus3
Aren't Sino-French relations a little sour due to the fact that Taiwan has those Mirage 2000s?


Maybe in the 90's but relations have been at a all time high. The mirage sales happened a long time ago if we think about politics

Chinese new year 2004 in france



posted on Aug, 30 2006 @ 10:10 AM
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Just thought I'd revive this thread due to some recent news.

Seems this deal is all set to go through unless the US changes its mind over it. Taiwan today confirmed that the necessary budget for the 66 F-16's has been added to next year's fiscal budget. I believe this indicates that at the earliest 2007-2008 might be the time-frame this materializes.


The Taiwanese military confirmed Tuesday that it was setting aside funds for the purchase of a fleet of US-made F-16 fighters, a deal that has angered Beijing.
"The budget for F-16s has been budgeted in the next fiscal year," said vice defense minister Vice Admiral Kao Kuang-chi at a press conference to unveil the 2006 National Defense Report.

Kao offered no details of the deal, but local newspapers have said Taiwan is planning to replace its outmoded F-5 fleet with 66 F-16C/D Block 52s at a cost of at least 100 billion Taiwan dollars (3.1 billion US).

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However that's not all Taiwan is shopping for, with a 28.1% raise in the defense budget for 2007 PAC-3's, P-3's, and conventional sub's are also on the list.


Taiwan's cabinet last week approved a draft bill proposed by the defense ministry calling for 323.5 billion Taiwan dollars in spending next year, a rise of 71 billion dollars, or 28.1 percent, from the current year.

Taiwan's 2006 National Defense Report warned of the threat from Beijing and called for the the purchase of eight conventional submarines, 12 P-3C submarine-hunting aircraft, and six PAC-3 Patriot anti-missile systems for around 340 billion Taiwan dollars (10.8 billion US).

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