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  • “Symbol of China's Status”
    “Symbol of China's Status” December 18 2019
    China's second aircraft carrier was commissioned into the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) on 17 December in a ceremony held at the Sanya-Yulin naval base and was given the name Shandong. The carrier's base-port of Sanya-Yulin is on the northern shores of the South China Sea, which gives a pointer to where the carrier is likely to operate in the immediate future. Shandong was built by Dalian Shipbuilding International Corporation (DSIC) and was launched on 26 April 2...
  • Chinese Aircraft Carrier Passed Taiwan Strait
    Chinese Aircraft Carrier Passed Taiwan Strait November 22 2019
    China is working to increase its fleet capability for open seas. On the other hand, Chinese government continues its military and political steps. Beijing administration, which often experiences tensions with neighboring countries due to continental shelf, undisputed islands, is far from relieving tensions with Taiwan. People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) ships, visited many African, Baltic and European countries including Turkey in recent years. Thus, PLAN s...
  • Taiwan Retires 49-year-old UH-1H
    Taiwan Retires 49-year-old UH-1H October 30 2019
    The Republic of China Army retired its UH-1H fleet today and declared the UH-60M fleet fully operational. A ceremony was held at Tai Chung Lung Hsiang base to mark the event. The UH-1H utility helicopter was in service for military training or in the relief operations of mountain rescue and natural disasters. Army Aviation Special Operations Command held a "de-settlement ceremony" on the 30th of this month due to the absence of parts and shortage of spare parts. Its air tr...
  • Taiwan to Develop TC-3 air-to-air Missile
    Taiwan to Develop TC-3 air-to-air Missile October 1 2019
    Up Media reports that Taiwan is seeking to improve the Tien Chien 1 short-range air-to-air missile by improving its off-boresight and kinematic capabilities with "backfire" attack capability with a large-angle off-axis flight. The performance is similar to the current strongest short-range air-to-air missile, AIM-9X Block II type Sidewinder missile. The new missile will also have lock-on after launch (LOAL) capability. In order to improve the airborne capabilitie...
  • Inventory is Growing September 24 2019
    The Philippine Navy (PN) will launch new platforms. PN is scheduled to commission three new Multi-Purpose Attack Craft (MPAC) Mk.3 fast boats and four KAAV-7A1 amphibious assault vehicles. The MPAC Mk.3 was made by the joint venture of Taiwan’s Lung the Shipbuilding, and Filipino marine company Propmech Corporation, and will be the 4th batch acquired by the PN from the joint venture. It would be armed with the Rafael Spike-ER missiles fired from the Rafael Typhoon MLS-ER missi...
  • Taiwan to Retire UH-1H on Oct. 30
    Taiwan to Retire UH-1H on Oct. 30 September 2 2019
    Taiwan is going retire its UH-1 helicopters that have been in service on the island for 50 years. It will be replaced by the UH-60. The Army officially confirmed that it will cooperate with UH-60M on October 30 this year to hold UH-1H demobilization at Hangte 602 Brigade (Taichung Xinshe).   
  • Mobile Mortar for Taiwan
    Mobile Mortar for Taiwan August 22 2019
    A new armoured mortar carrier was unveiled at the TASTE 2019 in Taiwan. The platform, carries an 81 mm mortar inside a CM-32 Clouded Leopard 8x8 armoured vehicle, can start firing after opening the two-piece opening at the roof. The CM-32 provides protection against bullets with a diameter of 7.62 mm from the sides and 12.7 mm from the front.
  • Taiwan Unveils New  UAV Development
    Taiwan Unveils New UAV Development August 18 2019
    Taiwan’s National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST )is pursuing a new medium-altitude long-endurance UAV development. The agency has unveiled a full-scale mock-up of a medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at the 2019 Taipei Aerospace & Defence Technology Exhibition (TADTE).   Two Teng Yun prototypes - which have been marked MU-1611 and MU-1612 - possess an operating range in excess of 1,000 km, flight endu...
  • The US Plans $8 Billion Fighter Jet Sale to Taiwan
    The US Plans $8 Billion Fighter Jet Sale to Taiwan August 17 2019
    Republic of China (Taiwan) Air Force (RoCAF) has confirmed it will be getting new F-16s. An infographic put out by the RoCAF has confirmed that it will be getting new F-16s. The RoCAF says it will stand up a new tactical fighter wing for these new jets. It should be made up of three squadrons. The jets will also come with conformal fuel tanks and uprated engines – which could mean the GE F110. Earlier, the Washington Post said the Trump administration has put up the $8 billion...
  • 2.223 Billion $ Worth Sale to Taiwan
    2.223 Billion $ Worth Sale to Taiwan July 10 2019
      US decided to export 2.223 Billion to Taiwan, a country that it does not officially recognise.  “The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States (TECRO) the statements read”.  US will sell M1A2T Abrams Tanks and related equipment and support for an estimated cost of $2 billion and Stinger missiles and related equipment and support for an es...
  • US Support for Taiwan Patriots
    US Support for Taiwan Patriots May 17 2019
    U.S. weapons manufacturer Raytheon, has been granted a US$9 million contract to develop and upgrade Taiwan’s Patriot missile defence system. The project, which is planned to last for the next five years, will be completed by 3 April 2024. The platform is capable of detecting, tracking, and intercepting aerial vehicles and ballistic missiles. Raytheon has sold Patriot Air Defence Systems to 16 different nations, including neighbours Japan and South Korea in the Asia-Pacific reg...
  • Taiwan to Develop 5th-Gen Fighter Jets March 9 2019
    Taiwan is building its own next-generation fighter jets while seeking to acquire the latest fighters from the United States, Taiwanese Defence Ministry said on Thursday. Wu Pao-kun, director of the ministry's Department of Strategic Planning, told a press conference that the next-generation aircraft must possess stealth characteristics and be capable of short take-offs, without elaborating. Maj. Gen. Tang Hung-an, head of the air force command's planning division, ...
  • Marching Feet of a Looming War… January 10 2019
    Does the mankind have security guarantees in case of a nuclear confrontation involving Russia (and naturally, the Eurasia), with the potential to escalate and go out of control? No… We are currently face to face with a very special problem in the history of mankind, which might lead up to the Third World War. Can the increasing tension between Taiwan and the People’s Republic of China (PRC) culminate into an invasion reminiscent of the Polish case triggering t...
  • $541 Million to Build 11 Corvettes
    $541 Million to Build 11 Corvettes December 15 2018
    Taiwanese domestic company Lung Teh Shipbuilding awarded contract to build 11 Tuo Chiang-class corvettes and four minelayers for the country's Navy, reported Liberty Times. The Chungshan Institute of Science and Technology has announced that plans to mass produce the Tuo Chiang-class corvette have been finalized and Lung Teh Shipbuilding has been selected as the contractor to produce the ships. The corvettes are to outfitted with air defence and anti-ship weaponry, but will not have ...
  • First F-16V Delivered
    First F-16V Delivered October 22 2018
    Taiwan has taken delivery of the first F-16V aircraft. Taiwan-based Aerospace Industrial Development Corp. has recently delivered the first modernized platform to the Taiwanese Air Force. The Taipei administration decided to upgrade the F-16 A/B Fighting Falcon in its inventory to F-16V. The country, which allocates a total of 4.56 billion USD budget for this program, has significantly strengthened the air power with modernization. The program is planned to be completed in 2023, whi...
  • First Foreign Customer to Fire Scout
    First Foreign Customer to Fire Scout October 15 2018
    Taiwan media announced new military procurement. It is reported that the Pentagon has approved the sale of MQ-8 Fire Scout unmanned helicopter systems to Taipei. This makes Taiwan the first export customer of the MQ-8B Fire Scout platform. Taiwan was planning to replace the aging MD 500 helicopters with MH-60R Romeo helicopters. However, as most of the budget of Republic of China Navy allocated to the programs with high priority such as the indigenious submarine project, Because of ...
  • China Asks US Cancel Arms Sale to Taiwan
    China Asks US Cancel Arms Sale to Taiwan September 25 2018
    China demanded the US cancel a $330 million sale of military equipment to Taiwan, warning of "severe damage" to bilateral relations and mutual cooperation. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told that the sale violated international law and the "basic norms governing international relations." Washington has no official relations with Taiwan's democratically elected government but is obliged by U.S. law to see that it has the means to def...
  • US Sells $330 Million Worth Spare Aviation Parts to Taiwan
    US Sells $330 Million Worth Spare Aviation Parts to Taiwan September 25 2018
    US Government, threatening China with sanctions, has decided to sell $330 Million Worth Spare Aviation Parts to Taiwan. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced the sale with Taiwan’s official name “Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) in the United States. All material will be transferred with Foreign Military Sales Order (FMSO) II Case. The State Department has decided approving a possible Foreign Military Sales Order (FM...
  • Chinese Aircraft Aims Taiwan
    Chinese Aircraft Aims Taiwan August 7 2018
    China, conducted a combat readiness training with J-16 aircraft. Different battle scenarios were implemented in the training along with the Su-30, J-10 and J-11B aircrafts. With this training, the J-16 arcraft have gone a step further to complete the combat readiness training. The J-16, one of China's most recently developed aircraft, was developed on J-11. The plane was introduced for the first time around 2012-2013, but officially seen during mili...
  • Republic of China Deployed Cavalry Brigade
    Republic of China Deployed Cavalry Brigade July 18 2018
    Taiwan's Ministry of National Defence commissioned its air brigade equipped with AH-64E helicopters. Deployment of 29 AH-64E Apache Guardian in the Taiwan inventory a brigade named 601st Air Cavalry Brigade, which has been completed. The brigade has two Apache squadrons. The second squadron of the brigade completed the combat readiness training last year. Brigade is operates under the Army Aviation and Special Forces Command and is deployed to Taouyan's Longtan Dis...
  • Taiwan to buy M1A2 Abrams from US
    Taiwan to buy M1A2 Abrams from US July 12 2018
    Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defence (MND) wants to acquire M1A2 Abrams main battle tanks (MBTs) from the United States to replace some of its older M60A3 and M48H CM11 MBTs. Taiwanese ministry has secured USD990 million for 108 M1A2s along with associated ammunition from next year’s defence budget.
  • Amphibious Power Increases in the Far East
    Amphibious Power Increases in the Far East June 27 2018
    Taiwan has signed an agreement with BAE Systems amount of US $ 83.6 million. Under the agreement announced by the US Department of Defense, 30 AAVP7A1 amphibious assault vehicles, four AAVC7A1 command control vehicles and two AAVR7A1 armored recovery vehicles will be supplied. Taiwan will also receive the necessary technical support, training, materials and engineering support from BAE as well as vehicles. All of the vehicles will be delivered in July 2020. These vehicles,...
  • Big Agreement in Asia
    Big Agreement in Asia June 20 2018
    Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense has announced that it has signed an agreement with the United States on military technology transfer and military sales. Under the agreements, Lockheed Martin's Missile and Fire Control Department will provide to Taiwanese defense industry military grade titanium processing and avitation technology transfer. In addition, Taiwan will procure an upgrade package for the Patriot PAC-2s in the inventory and six sets of MIM-104F Patr...
  • Taiwan To Modernize Its Subs
    Taiwan To Modernize Its Subs May 24 2018
    Taiwanese Navy will modernize the two Hai Lung-class submarines, a Ministry of National Defence official said.  Modified from the Dutch Zwaardvis-class, the Hai Lung-class subs have been in service for more than 30 years of their 35-year lifespan. The navy has planned numerous improvements, including equipping the pair with Mark 48 long-range heavy torpedoes from the US and upgrading their electronic warfare and combat systems. 
  • Javelin Delivery to Ukraine
    Javelin Delivery to Ukraine May 3 2018
    Ukraine has received Javelin antitank missile systems from the US. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko confirmed the delivery in a statement on Monday. The U.S. State Department approved the possible sale of Javelin systems to Ukraine at an estimated cost of $47 million in March. The package consisted of 210 Javelin antitank missiles and 37 Javelin launchers, however, Poroshenko did not specify how many systems were received in this first batch. J...
  • Javelin Purchase from the US
    Javelin Purchase from the US February 24 2018
    Turkey is to purchase Javelin missiles from the US under Foreign Military Sales contract. France, Taiwan, Jordan, Qatar and Lithuania will also receive the Javelin systems under an estimated $94,8 million contract. Lockheed and Raytheon are expected to complete the deliveries by August 2020. 
  • Launch Customer of Rockwell Collins, Taiwan
    Launch Customer of Rockwell Collins, Taiwan February 5 2018
    Taiwan will be the launch customer for Rockwell Collins' TruNet AR-1500 networked communications airborne radio system. The company announced the deal on 4 February, under which Taiwan’s Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation (AIDC) is to manufacture the radio under licence while customising its waveforms to address its operational requirements. TruNet AR-1500 was designed based on AN/ARC-210/Talon advanced communication technologies to boost...
  • Taiwan Ready for Serial Production to Set Up Reconnaissance Squadron
    Taiwan Ready for Serial Production to Set Up Reconnaissance Squadron January 2 2018
    At the year-end press conference for Taiwan’s National Chungshan Institute of Science and Technology, President Tsai Ing-wen announced that the Teng Yun medium-altitude long-endurance UAV (MALE UAV) is ready for production. Tengyun is installed with an electronic interference system that upgrades the drone's military strategic value from surveillance equipment to a multi-functional jamming device, capable of interfering enemies’ electronic surveillance systems.  ...
  • Taiwan plans increasing cruise missile range to 1000 km
    Taiwan plans increasing cruise missile range to 1000 km December 24 2017
    Taiwan plans increasing cruise missile range to 1000 km Taiwan based Up Media claims that Taipei is planning to launch the production of an improved The Hsiung Feng IIE (HF-2E) subsonic cruise missile in 2020. The new missile has a range of 1,000km and can strike deep inside China. Engineers have successfully miniaturized components to free up space for extra fuel and improve the efficient of its engine. HF-2E is a surface-to- surface cruise missile system developed by the National Chung-Shan...
  • 32-bit F-CK-1
    32-bit F-CK-1 December 21 2017
    F-CK-1 aircraft of Republic of China Air Force have modernized. Upgraded final two aircraft have delivered. According to a statement made by Taiwanese authorities, 56 aircraft were upgraded to F-CK-1C / D standard within the second phase of the modernization program. 71 aircraft were upgraded under Phase-1, which is started in 2009. In the context of modernization, a 32-bit flight control computer and advanced electronic warfare capabilities were integrated into F-CK-1 air...
  • $10,5 Billion US Sales to Poland
    $10,5 Billion US Sales to Poland November 19 2017
    The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Poland for an Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS)-enabled Patriot Configuration-3+ with Modernized Sensors and Components for an estimated cost of $10.5 billion.  The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on November 14, 2017. The Government of Poland's request includes of f...
  • Taiwan Took Delivery of Orions
    Taiwan Took Delivery of Orions November 14 2017
    Taiwan has taken full delivery of the 12 P-3C Orion aircraft military aircraft acquired from the United States to boost its anti-submarine warfare capabilities and will hold a ceremony in December to commission the Air Force said Sunday. The P-3Cs will replace a fleet of 11 S-2T anti-submarine aircraft that has been in service for more than 40 years.  The relevant sales contract was signed in 2007 and valued $1,9 billion. The P-3C Orion is a four-engine turboprop anti...
  • Taiwan Gave Up On Abrams
    Taiwan Gave Up On Abrams October 9 2017
    Taiwan decided to give up on its quest to purchase additional Abrams tanks and opted for upgrading M60A3 main battle tanks it has in service. Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defence will allocate approximately $6,57 million for a newly developed upgrade programme for approximately 450 M60A3 tanks.  The program, scheduled to begin in 2018, will look at replacing the main gun from the 105mm M68 to a new 120mm weapon, as well as upgrading the ballistics computer...
  • Taiwan Commissioned First Apache Combat Squad
    Taiwan Commissioned First Apache Combat Squad June 30 2017
    Taiwan's first Apache combat squad was formally commissioned Wednesday under the Army Aviation and Special Forces Command in a ceremony at the command's 601st Brigade base in Taoyuan's Longtan District. After undergoing more than two years of training on Taiwan's most advanced attack helicopters, one of the country's two Apache squads was formally commissioned on 28 June, which is expected to contribute greatly to improving the army's combat capability, accor...
  • Half A Billion Via Two Contracts
    Half A Billion Via Two Contracts June 2 2017
    Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $414 million contract by the US Air Force on 1 June for AGM-158B Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile-Extended Range (JASSM-ER) missiles. Lockheed Martin will provide 360 missiles to the service, completing delivery by 31 August 2020. Lockheed will also provide Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod (ATP) to USAF in a seperate contract worth $200 million. The contract consists of only foreign military sales to various countries includin...
  • New Variant to Tuo Chiang-class
    New Variant to Tuo Chiang-class April 10 2017
    Taiwan plans for the production of an upgraded version of the navy’s Tuo Chiang-class stealth corvette that is to incorporate expanded anti-aircraft capabilities. Under the plan, a total of 11 vessels are to be produced in three lots, featuring a longer and wider hull, 3D radar systems and a ship-to-air version of the Tien Chien II (“Sky Sword”) guided missile system. the first lot is scheduled to be completed by 2025 at a cost of $471.68 million.&nb...
  • A First by Taiwan
    A First by Taiwan April 7 2017
    Taiwan is getting ready to begin a new project under which the country will build eight new indigenious submarines in order to strengthen underwater combat capabilities, announced on 5 April by a senior Taiwanese Navy official. This will be a first for Taiwan, as it has never built its own submarines before.
  • Retired US Frigates Handed Over to Taiwan
    Retired US Frigates Handed Over to Taiwan March 17 2017
    Taiwan has taken delivery of two Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigates from US, during a handover ceremony on 9 March. The two frigates, formerly USS Taylor and the USS Gary, were decommissioned in 2015 by the US Navy and retrofitted to extend their service lives by about 30 years. Taiwan purchased the vessels under a $177,21 million contract. The guided missile frigates were named Mingchuan and Fengjia. Oliver Hazard Perry-class vessels has an overall length o...
  • Missile Support for 10 Countries by Boeing
    Missile Support for 10 Countries by Boeing February 15 2017
    Boeing has been awarded a $12 million contract to provide spares of Harpoon Missiles and Stand-Off Land Attack Missile-Expanded Response (SLAM-ER) for the US Navy, as well as governments of Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, India, Taiwan and Thailand under Foreign Military Sales programme. Relevant work is expected to be completed in December 2018.
  • Missile Reminder from Dragon
    Missile Reminder from Dragon January 31 2017
    The answer of whether China's intercontinental ballistic missile system photos has been leaked to the press intentionally is being sought.  Media's of Hong Kong and Taiwan have published photographs showing that China has deployed the Dongfeng-41 (DF-41, CSS-X-10, East Wind-41) missile system capable of carrying multiple warheads to Heilongjiang Province. These photos are claimed to be leaked in reaction to US President Trump's statements concerning China. Dongfeng-...