The media reported that the F-16V fighter aircraft will be flown from Taiwan to the United States to specialize in training; the Air Force said that it had no knowledge of the reported information and would not comment on it.
According to the Republic of China military yesterday (28), Taiwan’s 21 squadrons of F-16 fighters in the United States, recently will be flown back to Taiwan in batches to improve the performance of the aircraft, in addition, the Taiwan Air Force more than 10 F-16V fighters have completed performance improvement, will be flown from Taiwan to the United States Luke (Luke) base for specialized training. It is understood that this is the first time that Taiwan Air Force pilots have flown from Taiwan to the United States. In 1997, when the F-16s were delivered, Taiwan Air Force pilots had flown back to Taiwan from the United States, but no pilots had flown from Taiwan to the United States.
Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense general confirmed on the 28th that more than 10 F-16s stationed in the United States at Luke Base in Arizona for training tasks will be flown back to Taiwan in batches in recent days to upgrade the configuration of the additions; in addition, Taiwan’s upgraded F-16Vs will also be flown to the United States from the Air Force base in Chiayi, Taiwan, for specialized training of pilots at Luke Base.
The F-16V fighter jets are taking to the air for patrol.
This is the first time that Taiwan’s flight officers will fly F-16s to the United States. In addition to being a new breakthrough in Taiwan-US military cooperation, it is also a rare long-range flight training for pilots.
Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush (Bush) had sold Taiwan 150 F-16s in 1992, when the Taiwan Air Force sent pilots to the U.S. for training, until April 1997 when the F-16s flew back to Taiwan in batches, and so far no pilots have flown from Taiwan to the United States.
According to military officers, Taiwan’s F-16s flying to the U.S. this time will carry out performance enhancement planning, including stopovers at U.S. bases, as well as air refueling, the Air Force has completed. All future warplanes in the United States, are to return to Taiwan to upgrade the aircraft painting also changed to paint the Republic of China emblem, each batch of about two to three, flying back to Taiwan in batches, each time flying back a few, will send the same number of F-16V and completed upgrades to fly to the United States Luke base for flight training.
According to reports, in 1997, when the F-16 delivered, the pilot flew all the way back to Taiwan from the United States Fort Worth, a total of three legs of the flight, after nearly 22 hours of flight time, 19 air refueling, before and after 11 days, also stopped in Hawaii and Guam Air Force Base, and finally arrived at Chiayi base.
The U.S. Department of Defense announced on the 28th that Lockheed Martin Aerospace has been awarded a $138 million revised contract to develop and deploy an improved AGM-88 anti-radiation missile and “automatic collision avoidance system” for Taiwan’s 20-batch F-16 fleet for the “Phoenix Project”. “.