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  • T-5 Brave Eagle Conducts First Flight
    T-5 Brave Eagle Conducts First Flight 12 June 2020
    Taiwan's advanced jet training aircraft, the AIDC T-5 Brave Eagle, developed with equity, began taxi tests last week. The prototype of the jet developed by AIDC (Aerospace Industrial Development Corp.) under a joint program flew for the first time on June 10. The flight at Ching Chuan Kang Air Base lasted about 20 minutes. The platform's official flight will take place on June 22nd. Taiwan, which first wanted to supply the Alenia Aermacchi M-346 Master training air...
  • Taiwan's Advanced Jet Training Plane Completes First Taxi Test
    Taiwan's Advanced Jet Training Plane Completes First Taxi Test 4 June 2020
    Taiwan's first locally developed advanced jet training aircraft, the AIDC T-5 Brave Eagle, successfully completed the taxi test. The platform produced by Aerospace Industrial Development Corp (AIDC) conducted its first pre-flight test at Ching Chuan Kang Air Base. Covid-19 did not affect the testing process, company officials said, before the first flight, two or three more times before the platform will undergo taxi tests.  AIDC plans to deliver 66 AT-5s to the air force b...
  • Taiwan Announces Readiness for China's Military Intervention
    Taiwan Announces Readiness for China's Military Intervention 30 May 2020
    China's refusal to formally accept Taiwan and increase its political stance against the country's independence. At a meeting of china's National People's Congress in 2005, a bill against Taiwan's independence was unanimously adopted. On the anniversary of the Separatist Law on Friday, a senior Chinese general threatened that "Taiwan will intervene to block independence" if Beijing has no choice. Taiwan's National Defence Minister Yen Teh-f...
  • China's Threat of Military Intervention in Taiwan
    China's Threat of Military Intervention in Taiwan 29 May 2020
    In Asia, the dose of political tensions between China and Taiwan is rising.  China will attack Taiwan if there is no other way of stopping it from becoming independent, one of the country’s most senior generals said. The 2005 law gives the country the legal basis for military action against Taiwan if it secedes or seems about to, making the narrow Taiwan Strait a potential military flashpoint. “If the possibility for peaceful reunification is lost, the People's ...
  • Armoured Mortar Vehicle on Tests
    Armoured Mortar Vehicle on Tests 2 May 2020
    Countries continue their weapons and system tests despite COVID-19. According to images published on social media, Taiwan conducted an armoured mortar vehicle (AMV) test on April 26. Developed on the country's CM-32 8x8 platform (ZHA), the vehicle is equipped with the 120 mm M120 smoothbore mortar which derived from Soltam K6. The main weapon, which has 7.2 km effective range can fire fin-stabilized high explosive, smoke and illumination rounds in additi...
  • Cruise Missile Test in the East
    Cruise Missile Test in the East 30 April 2020
    Taiwan, which having faced sovereignty disputes with China on the islands in the bay and in the region, has carried out a number of important missile tests. The National Chung-Shan Instute of Science and Technology (NCSIST) has recently announced that it has performed a series of missile tests. In this context, the latest cruise missile developed by the country, Hsiung Feng III and Yun Feng, were also tested. The test launch of the system, which was developed to eliminate the T...
  • Taiwan and Japan Intercept Chinese KJ-500 Aircraft
    Taiwan and Japan Intercept Chinese KJ-500 Aircraft 26 March 2020
    Taiwan and Japan intercepted China's KJ-500 airborne early warning aircraft. The Japan Defence Ministry announced that the Air Self Defence Force (JASDF) was carrying out operations to intercept one Shaanxi KJ-500 aircraft on the East China Sea. On the map, it was shared that the KJ-500 was intercepted in the north of the Ishigaki Islands of Japan and in the west of Okinawa, where JASDF came. The JASDF has two regiments of Mitsubishi F-15J/DJ Eagle interceptors based at Naha in ...
  • Taiwan Flew Its Aircraft Against China During Exercise
    Taiwan Flew Its Aircraft Against China During Exercise 26 March 2020
    Taiwan conducted a tri-services military drill to simulate a response to an air attack by Beijing. Simulating the airstrike from China, Taiwan aired eight F-16s during the exercise. Taiwan's Ministry of Defence has announced that they are conducting drills as an indicator of what they will do to protect the sovereignty and national security. Beijing's J-11 and KJ-500 airborne early warning planes dangerously approached Taiwan's airspace on March 16, and Taiwan's F-16...
  • Pentagon Awards Raytheon $392M for Sidewinders
    Pentagon Awards Raytheon $392M for Sidewinders 22 March 2020
    The Pentagon has awarded Raytheon a $392.4 million modification contract to supply tactical missiles to the US military, Turkey, Republic of Korea, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and other countries. The deal modifies an earlier contract, awarded in September 2018, for the repair of Air Intercept Missile (AIM)-9X Tactical and Captive Air Training Missiles (CATMs). The governments of Australia, Bahrain, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland, Israel, Japan, Morocco, the Ne...
  • F-16s Intercepted Chinese Bombers
    F-16s Intercepted Chinese Bombers 18 March 2020
    Similar to the the sea in Asia-Pacific, tension increase in the skies. Taiwan recently announced that the Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) aircraft were intercepted. On March 16, Beijing's J-11 fighters and KJ-500 airborne early warning aircraft approached Taiwan's air space dangerously, and Taiwan-made F-16 Fighting Falcons took off with a scramble alarm. Taipei has raised the alarm level for some time now, due to China's increa...
  • Raytheon to Upgrade Patriots
    Raytheon to Upgrade Patriots 1 March 2020
    Raytheon's to upgrade the MIM-104 Patriot air defencee systems, which have been in the inventory of many countries for years. Under the USD 314 million deal signed between the US Army and Raytheon, the company will modernize the Patriots. With the agreement covering the systems of 17 user countries, the company will provide engineering services to users in the system, software and hardware development, integration, testing services, configuration management and logistics support...
  • Anti-Ship Missile Capability to Chinese J-16
    Anti-Ship Missile Capability to Chinese J-16 20 February 2020
    China, which continues its shipbuilding activities to improve its naval power, keeps its efforts to increase its effectiveness in the region and oceans, especially in the Taiwan Gulf. In the images published in Chinese State Television CCTV in the past days, it was seen that J-16 aircraft were equipped with anti-ship capability. A J-16 fighter-bomber affiliated to the 40th Air Regiment stationed in the Nanchang-Xiangtan District of China was spotted carrying two YJ-83Ks un...
  • Missile Shadow on Taiwan
    Missile Shadow on Taiwan 30 January 2020
    Considering the relations with Taiwan and the tensions on the Taiwan Strait, China increases the number of weapons in the region. Beijing Government, which claims rights over Taiwan and considers the country as a part of its mainland, increases the weapon capability of the Eastern Theatre. The Chinese People's Liberation Army deployed the PCL191 Regiment to the 72nd Group located in Huzhou, Zhejiang Province, according to a statement by one of the officers serving...
  • “Symbol of China's Status”
    “Symbol of China's Status” 18 December 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 22 November 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 30 October 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 1 October 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 24 September 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 2 September 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 22 August 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 18 August 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 17 August 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 10 July 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 17 May 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 9 March 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… 10 January 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 15 December 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 22 October 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 15 October 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 25 September 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 25 September 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 7 August 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 18 July 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 12 July 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 27 June 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 20 June 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 24 May 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 3 May 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 24 February 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 5 February 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...