Air Force completes F16 upgrades
Courtesy of ICRT
Taiwan’s Air Force Chief of Staff Huang Zhi-wei says the upgrade of 42 of its 141 F-16A/B fighter jets to F-16V variants has now been completed.
Speaking during a legislative hearing, Huang said the new variant can “detect enemies earlier and has a longer strike range.”
The 42 F-16Vs will be allocated to the Fourth Tactical Fighter Wing.
According to the Air Force Chief of Staff, a formal handover ceremony will be held at the end of this month, which will be attended by President Tsai Ing-wen.
The Air Force launched the retrofit programme in 2016. The F-16V variants are equipped with more advanced avionics as well as improved flight management and electronic warfare systems.
The NT$110 billion programme is being carried out by Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation and Lockheed Martin and is scheduled to be completed by 2023.