By: Flor Wang and Matt You
The 18 upgraded F-16Vs (Block 20) are part of the 141 16A/B jet fighters Taiwan asked the U.S. to help modernize in 2011 under a NT$110 billion (US$3.8 billion) joint venture between Aerospace Industrial Development Corp. (AIDC) and Lockheed Martin Corporation, the military said.
With 123 16A/Bs still to be modernized, the two companies are seeking to accelerate the pace of the project which has lagged behind schedule, in the hope of completing the transformation of all 141 aircraft by 2023, the military said.
In addition, delivery of 66 brand new F-16Vs (Block 70) that the Air Force purchased from the U.S. in a deal inked in 2019 is slated to be completed by 2026, after which the aircraft will be deployed at Zhi-Hang Air Base in Taitung County, it said. [FULL STORY]