F-35s for Taiwan? Expect to wait a long time

The China Post
Date: May 15, 2017
By: Joseph Yeh

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Over the past few weeks, the issue of Taiwan’s proposed

In this photo dated July 12, 2016, Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II takes part in a flying display at the Farnborough Airshow, southwest of London. Taiwan is staring down a tough road to purchasing the fighter. (AFP)

procurement of more advanced fighter jets from the U.S. has resurfaced after the military renewed its request to purchase U.S.-made F-35B fighters from the Donald Trump administration.

Since late 2011, during the previous Ma Ying-jeou administration, the R.O.C. Armed Forces have been expressing hope of procuring the advanced F-35 fifth-generation multirole fighter from the U.S.

And now, the Defense Ministry is renewing the request with the Republican administration in the U.S. after Japan’s Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper reported last month that Washington was planning to sell Taiwan F-35s and the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system.    [FULL  STORY]

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