Taiwan unveils fourth-generation fighter jet

Image copyright AFP Image caption Taiwan and China have threatened each other with missiles and cyberattacks in recent years Taiwan’s defence ministry has unveiled the new F-16V – the fourth-generation fighter in the air…

Taiwan unveils fourth-generation fighter jet

Image copyright AFP Image caption Taiwan and China have threatened each other with missiles and cyberattacks in recent years

Taiwan’s defence ministry has unveiled the new F-16V – the fourth-generation fighter in the air force – as Taiwan and China have faced increased military threats in recent years.

Taiwan currently uses F-16C/D models, which have become older and more expensive as the US has switched over to Lockheed Martin F-35s.

But the F-16V is meant to be more technologically advanced, reducing training costs.

It was developed for Republic of China fighter jets to lessen their dependence on the US.

“The goal of this is to reduce our dependence on the US F-16s and begin using Taiwan’s capabilities on the ground level,” said the deputy defence minister, Lien Chan.

The fighter jets will be exported overseas to countries that wish to buy them, said Lien.

The Taiwanese and the Chinese governments have faced increasing threats over Taiwan, which was a Chinese territory until the end of the Second World War, and is now regarded as a breakaway state.

Taiwan has recently established military readiness, after a standoff with China over the freedom of navigation in the Taiwan Strait.

China has repeatedly threatened to attack Taipei if it moves closer to the People’s Republic of China.

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