A Positive Half-Measure: Taiwan’s Proposed 2018 Defense Budget

by Dan Darling, International Military Markets Analyst, Forecast International.

Taiwan’s ruling cabinet announced on August 17 that it has approved a fiscal year 2018 budget proposal that favors the Ministry of National Defense over all other government departments.

The FY18 budget calls for an allocation of TWD331.8 billion ($10.95 billion) toward defense, which would make this area the largest of all government expenditures at 16.7 percent of the total national budget. Continue reading

Taiwanese Navy Pushes the Throttle on Indigenous Shipbuilding with LHD Plan

by Dan Darling, International Military Markets Analyst, Forecast International.

Computer drawing of LHD amphibious warfare ship based on Juan Carlos class.

The Taiwanese Navy has revealed its plans for a proposed helicopter-carrying, amphibious landing helicopter dock (LHD) warship that aligns with the indigenous defense industry buildup approach being pursued by the administration of President Tsai Ing-wen. Continue reading

Upgrade of Taiwan’s F-16s with APG-83 SABR Begins, while Raytheon’s RACR Looks Down for the Count

by C. Zachary Hofer, Electronic Systems Analyst, Forecast International.

F-16 over Iraq in 2008.   Photo – United States Air Force (via wikipedia)

Sources in Taiwan report that the first four of the Air Force’s F-16A/Bs that will undergo an upgrade arrived at a plant in Taichung on January 16.  The aircraft will be upgraded and overhauled to the F-16V configuration.  As part of the estimated $3.47 billion upgrade, the F-16 fighters will be equipped with Northrop Grumman’s APG-83 SABR active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar. Continue reading

Taiwan Approved for SPS-49 Radar Transfer in Potential Frigate Deal

by C. Zachary Hofer, Electronics Analyst, Forecast International.

SPS-49 Air Search Radar  Photo: U.S. Navy/PH1 Jeff Hilton

SPS-49 Air Search Radar.     Photo: U.S. Navy/PH1 Jeff Hilton

Last month, the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced the approval of a sale of several Excess Defense Articles (EDA) to Chinese Taipei (Taiwan). Among these, Taiwan would receive two SPS-49 two-dimensional, long-range air surveillance radars on board two Oliver Hazard Perry class frigates (FFG-7s). These frigates were previously a part of the U.S. Navy’s fleet. Continue reading