B:y Emerson Lim
Taipei, Aug. 15 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Thursday made clear her intention to buy more upgraded F-16 fighter jets from the United States and expressed hope that the U.S. will reach a decision on the sale.
Tsai made the remarks after trying out an F-16 flight simulator at the Taipei Aerospace and Defense Technology Exhibition (TADTE).
Tsai attended the opening ceremony of the 2019 TADTE at the Taipei World Trade Center Exhibition Hall 1 and toured the defense pavilion, where she viewed the indigenous Jian Hsiang anti-radiation drone, the Teng Yun medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) drone and experienced the F-16 simulator.
"I tried the F-16 simulator a while ago. We need to constantly enhance our air defense capability," she said in an interview after the tour. "Therefore, I hope we can have more F-16 jet fighters."