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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →