Ministry of National Defense signed the contract in January
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
The Ministry of National Defense is spending NT$1.51 billion (US$51.4 million) on the project to have the United States modernize the planes’ radar systems to make them as sophisticated as those in use on the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye based on U.S. aircraft carriers, according to a report in the Liberty Times.
Taiwan and the U.S. signed the contract just before last January’s presidential election, with the upgrade to be completed by Sept. 30, 2024. The aircraft will be sent to the U.S. one by one for the enhancements to be completed gradually, the report said.
One of the major new functionalities will be to allow the radar to capture all flying objects within a radius of 550 kilometers and vessels within a radius of 350 km. Even the most advanced Chinese stealth jets like the J-20 and the J-31 will not escape its eye. [FULL STORY]