Taiwan Military News, Reports, Data, etc.

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    no way they can even cough up the cash anyways.
     
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    With South Korea and Japan flying F-35A's, if Taiwan were to be able to purchase F-35A's, that would provide all those operators with inter-operability as the F-35's would be information vacuums, and could even "talk" to each other.

    As Mr. Brumby has well stated, we likely would not do that in order to remain on good terms with the Chinese, and in fact Taiwan has NOT asked for the F-35, they have asked for NEW F-16's. The F-35 would be tactically a much more effective tool for defending Taiwan, and allow them to maintain air superiority against a much more numerous foe, so that's your "BANG"...

    The F-35 coming down to around 80 million for initial purchase, would put it solidly in the high end 4 Gen market, that's making the best of your bucks....

    So while this will likely never happen, its always an option if things were to go South?
     
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    probably not, and the fact that the US has offered "pilot training" at Luke in the F-16's for Taiwan's aircrew would actually give them a much more effective force, even with their rebuilt F-16V's.. Its one thing to own and maintain a high performance fighter aircraft, its a totally amazing "force multiplier" to have the know how to tactically employ that piece of equipment to full advantage..

    That's the main reason that the US has been able to dominate air warfare over countries that operate relatively high end fighter aircraft, you have to be able employ that equipment to full effect, and use all that equipment together, that's the "art" of the deal...
     
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    The F-35B is still well north of $100 million, and then a first time buyer would have to pay a bunch of costs for support equipment, spare parts and training, which is going to kick the price well north of $200 million per airframe.
     
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    I reckon let the Taiwan get the F-16V .. good for China to have a look what inside :) .. I mean Chinese espionage is so deep penetrating Taiwanese air force
     
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    Yep, airplanes are expensive, especially 5Gen airplanes, but tactically it makes a lot of sense, as the F-35 is a "force multiplier".
     
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    here comes the USNI News Report: China Can’t Execute Major Amphibious Operations, Direct Assault on Taiwan https://news.usni.org/2019/05/03/re...perations-direct-assault-on-taiwan#more-52439
     
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    Today at 9:02 AM
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    China is laying the groundwork for war with Taiwan https://www.defensenews.com/global/...is-laying-the-groundwork-for-war-with-taiwan/
     
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    that's gonna be a "loser" for China, all this talk is good to remind everyone involved that you better be ready, and to remind the US that we better keep our attack submarine fleet West Coast based and "ramped up"....

    That has to be our first line of defense against any naval invasion...
     
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    Dream on. Whenever the US met China in Asia, the loser has always been the US. It lost in North Korea and it lost in Vietnam, when the balance was much more in favor of America. In ROC, it won't even dare fight. It won't meet Russia in Ukraine or Georgia, it won't meet China in the South China Sea, and it won't meet China over the ROC. You know what strategic ambiguity means? It means bluffing. America's attack submarines are gonna sail in circles to protest just like its destroyers.
     
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