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F-35s Unlikely, Taiwan Upgrades F-16s Fighters to Counter China

Taiwan is upgrading a fleet of American-made fighter jets, but may scrap ambitions to acquire the more advanced F-35 models, showing the limits of U.S.-Taiwan military cooperation despite a common interest of resisting China. The Air Force should get its first four upgraded F-16 A/B fighter jets in early 2019. The upgrades are part of a broader overhaul that began a year ago to convert the planes into the equivalent of higher-end F-16Vs, the government-funded Central News Agency said. But the Taiwanese armed forces, ranked as the world’s 24th strongest, probably won’t get F-35 planes from the American developer Lockheed Martin despite expressions of interest in the past, defense analysts say. Taiwan would then rely in any war with China, a military rival of some 70 years, on tactical advantages rather than trying to match its firepower. “One main thing I think that Taiwan has sort of come to the... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline article, F-35s Unlikely, Taiwan Upgrades F-16s Fighters to Counter China, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give 'Phuket Hotel Deals' a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you visit 'VOA NEWS'. Thank you F-35s Unlikely, Taiwan Upgrades F-16s Fighters to Counter China

 

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