USAF looks to help Taiwan with F-5 spares

Flight Global
Date: 02 MAY, 2019
By: Greg Waldron

The US Air Force wants to assess sources that can provide spare parts for Taiwan’s fleet of Northrop F-5E fighters.

The Proven Aircraft Office of the Air Force Materiel Command has issued a list of 37 separate F-5 parts required, ranging from windshield panels and fuel tanks to air data computers.

Cirium’s Fleets Analyzer shows that the Republic of China Air Force (ROCAF) has 56 in-service F-5s, all produced locally by AIDC. These comprise 20 single-seat F-5Es, 31 two-seat F-5Fs, and five RF-5E reconnaissance jets. The average age of the fleet is 36.8 years.

In addition, Taiwan has 142 examples – 123 F-5Es and 19 F-5Fs – listed as stored.

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