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  • End of 34 Years at USMC: Super Cobras Retired
    End of 34 Years at USMC: Super Cobras Retired 21 October 2020
    Bell AH-1W Super Cobra helicopters, which have served the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) for nearly 34 years, have been retired. The AH-1W, which made its final flight last week, was the backbone of the USMC's fleet of special attack helicopters. Super Cobras, who also participated in the 1991 Gulf War, participated in USCM's operations for more than 930,000 hours. The AH-1Ws, who served during the US interventions in Haiti, Yugoslavia and Libya, continued their combat-r...
  • Black Hawks Pass Through Taiwan Streets and Reach Airport
    Black Hawks Pass Through Taiwan Streets and Reach Airport 14 October 2020
    Taiwan's government purchased a total of 60 UH-60M Black Hawk general purpose helicopters in 2009. With the arrival of six new UH-60M Black Hawks on the cargo ship at Kaohsiung port in the first week of October, the delivery of the country's purchased platforms has been completed. The footage reflected the transport of helicopters leaving the port to the airport on the streets of Kaohsiung. Six new helicopters will be deployed at Songshan and Kaohsiung airports. Ta...
  • Taiwan Tensions Between U.S. and China
    Taiwan Tensions Between U.S. and China 13 October 2020
    China continues to warn countries selling military systems to Taiwan. China has issued a warning to the United States after White House officials said the sale of three weapons systems to Taiwan was close to being edict. As the Oval Office increased pressure on China, foreign media reported in Early September (2020) that the United States was entering into an agreement with Taiwan as part of seven arms system exports.  "To ensure that it does not seriously harm cross-Strai...
  • Taiwan to Emphasis on Maritime Protection
    Taiwan to Emphasis on Maritime Protection 5 October 2020
    Taiwan‘s F-16 aircraft as normally on air patrol missions. They will be carrying AGM-84 Harpoon anti-ship missiles. Taiwan operates 142 F-16 with another 66 due for shipment by 2026. Taiwan also has a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) centre for F-16 fighter jets. China’s People’s Liberation Army is reportedly planning a simulated invasion of the Dongsha Islands – also known as the Pratas Islands – which are administered by Taiwan.
  • Korea Retires UH-1Hs, Philippines Wants to Transfer UH-1Hs
    Korea Retires UH-1Hs, Philippines Wants to Transfer UH-1Hs 26 September 2020
    The Philippines wants to inventory UH-1 Iroquois (Huey) general purpose helicopters that the Republic of Korea has taken out of service in July 2020. The Philippine Air Force (Philippine Air Force/PAF) has confirmed plans to meet with the Korean Defence Ministry for 21 Huey transfers. The PAF is expected to send a team to examine helicopters that have been in Korea for nearly 52 years. During the negotiation process with the Korean government, the White House is expected t...
  • Taiwan's Cruise Missile Response to China
    Taiwan's Cruise Missile Response to China 23 September 2020
    Taiwan has launched an air-to-ground attack cruise missile developed by local sources. Munitions developed by the National Chungshan Institute were also on display during Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen's visit to Magong air force base on Penghu island. The missile, which can only be used on Taiwan Air Force jets, has a range of about 200 km. GPS-guided missiles are capable of hitting Chinese air bases, barracks and fortifications in Fujian and Guangdong pro...
  • China "Shoots Down" U.S. Base
    China "Shoots Down" U.S. Base 21 September 2020
    People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) released a video of the US air base on the Pacific island of Guam being virtually targeted at a time of heightened regional tensions in Asia, based on actual images supported by animations. "H-6K war god goes on the offensive!" the video shared, simulated by nuclear-armed H-6 bombers attacking the U.S. Base in Guam. The island of Guam is seen as a base where the United States can respond shortly in any conflict in the Asia Pac...
  • Taiwan Seeks New Radar
    Taiwan Seeks New Radar 17 September 2020
    Taiwan has sent information request documents to Thales and Raytheon for phased-out array radars from ship. The National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology was developing the local Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) for the frigate the country would build with its own resources. After the studies, it became clear that the system produced by the institute was heavy for the ship. Taiwan has identified Thales and Raytheon as potential suppliers for the ship-induced ...
  • Taiwan Considers Reform Against China Threat
    Taiwan Considers Reform Against China Threat 10 September 2020
    Taiwan will restructure its reserve military power, which is created for use if needed. Taiwan's government, which wants to know about the practices in the world, will send military delegations to many countries for this purpose. Military experts in the country will make a week's visit to Israel between July and September next year. A delegation will also be sent to Germany and Belgium next year as part of an eight-day "international security cooperation and research&qu...
  • Taiwan Increases the Number of IFVs in Inventory
    Taiwan Increases the Number of IFVs in Inventory 29 August 2020
    Taiwan is increasing the number of CM-34 Clouded Leopard armoured infantry fighting vehicles (IFV) in its inventory. According to the Ministry of Defence, 21 more CM-34 8x8 IFV will be procure for the Taiwan Armed Forces. The CM-34, developed by Taiwan with local sources and has an indigenous rate of about 88%, is equipped with the Orbital ATK 30mm Mk44 Bushmaster II. The platform's engine, MK44 cannon and transmission are supplied overseas. Previously, Taiwan ordered ...
  • Huge Order for F-16 Production Line
    Huge Order for F-16 Production Line 21 August 2020
    F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft; have been serving successfully in the inventory of many countries for years thanks to their performance and the flexibility to offer the user a flexible solution. US Department of Defence (DoD / Department of Defense); announces the massive F-16 Fighting Falcon deal signed with Lockheed Martin. The total cost of the contract, which is stated to be valid for 10 years, was announced as 62 billion USD. According to media reports, the order also includes p...
  • Taiwan Strengthens Its Army amid China Concern
    Taiwan Strengthens Its Army amid China Concern 14 August 2020
    Taiwan plans to increase its defence budget against China's growing effectiveness in the region. Taiwan wants to increase its defence budget by $1.4 billion in 2021, and wants to secure its national security. Taiwan, which wants to focus on asymmetric capabilities, is on the agenda to buy sea mines and cruise missiles for coastal defence spurts used against amphibious platforms to respond to a possible Chinese attack. The U.S. and Taiwan had previously agreed on the recertificat...
  • China Opposes Selling Drones to Taiwan
    China Opposes Selling Drones to Taiwan 8 August 2020
    The U.S. plan to deliver four drones to Taiwan has angered China. General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper's sea variant is scheduled to enter Taiwan inventory, while China has announced its opposition to the sale of drones to Taiwan.  The MQ-9 Reaper, which patrols the air and provides air support when urgent, has the appropriate range for China to monitor. Under Trump, the U.S. had gone to facilitate the export regime of drones. The deal with Taiwan could be the first sales agreement ...
  • Lockheed Martin Could Be Sanctioned by China
    Lockheed Martin Could Be Sanctioned by China 15 July 2020
    Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said at a press conference on Tuesday that they had decided to impose sanctions on Lockheed Martin. As a result of sanctions against countries selling arms to Taiwan, China will go to restrict to supplier countries.  Chinese media reports said US-based Lockheed Martin would also be under sanctions. Although the company does not have a direct agreement with China, spare parts and rare earth elements are procured from Beijing.&nb...
  • Land-Based Anti-Ship Missile Intend
    Land-Based Anti-Ship Missile Intend 13 July 2020
    Land-based anti-ship missiles have replaced the coastal guns who successfully served in land defence missions against enemy elements attacking from the sea in the history. Maintaining its existence under the threat of China, Taiwan put the coastal defence systems procurement plan on its agenda as part of its armed forces modernization efforts. Upon the recent PLAN Navy activities in the region, the Taiwanese Armed Forces has requested to purchase of the land-based RGM...
  • 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, ...