TAIWAN BEGINS UPGRADE ENTIRE FLEET OF F-16 FIGHTER JET

With this update china air force is the first nation in the world to introduce the new version of the fighting falcon named F-16V.

F-16V (Photo credit: Lockeed Martin)

According to taipeitimes.com the Republic of China Air Force (ROCAF) has begun upgrading its fleet of 144 Lockheed Martin F-16 A/B combat aircraft to the latest F-16 configuration, named V for “Viper”.

The upgrade of the first batch of four F-16 fighter jets started last January 23, the aircraft flown to a facility in Taichung to undergo retrofitting.

The four military aircraft are the first batch to be updated to F-16Vs, a greater variation of the F-16A / B, of which the nation has a fleet of 144.

The US $ 3.47 billion dollars Phoenix Rising project aims to upgrade all the F-16A / B to F-16Vs.

Taiwan is to be the first nation in the world to have a fleet of F-16Vs, that the Minister of National Defence Feng Shih-Kuan said could match China's Chengdu J-20 stealth fighter.

Aerospace Industrial Development Corp. (AIDC) and US aerospace company Lockheed Martin signed a contract to perform upgrades..

Lockheed Martin in 2015 completed the upgrade and test flight of an F-16 to Taiwan properties, but stationed in a US Air Force air base.

AIDC is responsible for the implementation of the adjustment program in Taiwan, with the first four F-16Vs should be updated by the end of this year.

According to the statement the Republic of China Air Force Chief of Staff Lieutenant General State Fan of Ta-wei in a legislative session in November last year, AIDC is to complete the upgrade of 25 to 28 F-16s every year and the entire fleet of the Air Force - including 10 F-16s stationed at a base in the United States - will be updated by 2023.

The upgraded aircraft are to be equipped with radar series of scanning electron focus control active - the most important feature of the update process - allowing you to F-16Vs to detect stealth aircraft.

The F-16Vs are also to be equipped with advanced avionics, including a new flight management system and helmet mounted display system, and the updated jets would bring more advanced missiles, such as AIM-9X Sidewinder.

With a radar system on par with those of fifth-generation fighter, the F-16Vs should assume air defense of the nation for the next two decades.

By Matteo Sanzani
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