Thursday, September 22, 2011

DSCA notification of Taiwanese F-16 upgrade; China reacts accordingly

Full details of the recently announced upgrade for Taiwan's Lockheed Martin F-16A/B Fighting Falcons, as released by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency. AESA radars, AIM-9X Sidewinders and the associated Joint Helmet-Mounted Cueing Systems, advanced targeting pods (Sniper/Litening) and a variety of precision air-to-ground ordnance are included in the package. However as widely expected, Taiwan's request to purchase 66 later-model F-16C/Ds has been rejected.

Meanwhile, as expected, China's reaction has been swift (and follows it's regular script), with the American ambassador in Beijing summoned to receive an official protest from the Chinese deputy foreign minister.

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