By: Claudia Liu and Elaine Hou
Taipei, July 14 (CNA) Taiwan’s Air Force celebrated the 25th anniversary of taking its first delivery of locally made IDF fighter jets at an air base in Taichung, and pledged to continue to beef up its capabilities in the face of the military threat from China.
Lt. Gen. Hu Kai-hung (胡開宏), deputy commander of the Air Force, said at the ceremony that Taiwan has faced many difficulties in procuring advanced weapons systems from other countries due to the international situation, meaning that Taiwan has also had to develop home-grown defense capabilities.
The development, production, delivery and commission of the IDFs demonstrated Taiwan’s defense technology and manufacturing abilities and its dedication to self-reliance in national defense, Hu said at the event held at the Ching Chuan Kang air base.
He also noted that it was after Taiwan developed its own IDF jets that foreign countries decided to sell Taiwan advanced fighters. [FULL STORY]