Taiwan signs US arms deal for advanced F-16 jets: Report

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Taipei has signed a U.S. arms deal for 66 F-16V fighters while upgrading older models to F-16V standard earlier in December, Taiwan's state run Central News Agency reports on Saturday.

According to Lockheed Martin, the F-16V is the latest variant of the F-16, a multirole fighter that features advanced weaponry, targeting systems, electronics, and radar.

Citing an unnamed military source, CNA reports that the F-16Vs have better weapons than the older generation J-11 fighters used by China's People's Liberation Army.

According to the source, the F-16V may not be a match for the PLA's J-20 stealth fighter, but Taiwanese jets could utilize friendly early warning aircraft to contain the threat.

The PLA deploys about 700 fighters in China's southeastern coast, which is double the size of Taiwan's tactical air arm.

CNA cites the source as saying that the combination of F-16Vs and air defense systems give Taiwan's military a needed boost to combat the PLA's superior numbers.

Citing associate professor Lin Ying- yu[a] at the National Chung Cheng University, the CNA reports that China's carriers are now a threat to Taiwan's eastern defensive perimeter.

CNA cites Lin as saying that the F-16Vs and anti-ship missiles will serve as a deterrent to Chinese carriers and aircraft operating in the seas east of Taiwan.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. F-16V's technical features
2. F-16V believed to be superior to China's J-11 and able to contain J-20
3. Taiwan's fighters and air defense systems to offset China's numerical superiority
4. Advanced fighters deployed as deterrence to Chinese carriers from the east


VOICEOVER (in English):
"Taiwan's state run Central News Agency reports that Taipei has signed a U.S. arms deal for 66 F-16V fighters while upgrading older models to F-16V standard."

"According to Lockheed Martin, the F-16V is the latest variant of the F-16, a multirole fighter that features advanced weaponry, targeting systems, electronics, and radar."

"Citing an unnamed military source, CNA reports that the F-16Vs have better weapons than the older generation J-11 fighters used by China's People's Liberation Army."

"According to the source, the F-16V may not be a match for the PLA's J-20 stealth fighter, but Taiwanese jets could utilize friendly early warning aircraft to contain the threat."

"The PLA deploys about 700 fighters in China's southeastern coast, which is double the size of Taiwan's tactical air arm."

"CNA cites the source as saying that the combination of F-16Vs and air defense systems give Taiwan's military a needed boost to combat the PLA's superior numbers."

"Citing associate professor Lin Ying- yu[b] at the National Chung Cheng University, the CNA reports that China's carriers are now a threat to Taiwan's eastern defensive perimeter."

"CNA cites Lin as saying that the F-16Vs and anti-ship missiles will serve as a deterrent to Chinese carriers and aircraft operating in the seas east of Taiwan."

SOURCES: Central News Agency (Focus Taiwan), Lockheed Martin, Jane's Information Group
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201912220007.aspx
https://www.lockheedmartin.com/en-us/news/features/2016/meet-the-f-16v--the-most-technologically-advanced-4th-generation.html
https://www.janes.com/article/93224/aidc-lockheed-martin-to-set-up-f-16-maintenance-facility-in-taiwan