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Singapore Airshow 2020: Taiwan pioneers with its F-16V programme

5th February 2020 - 06:30 GMT | by Charles Au in Taipei

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Taiwan has accelerated the transition programme of its F-16V Viper fleet, with nearly two dozen pilots qualified to fly this newest version of the Fighting Falcon.

The Republic of China Air Force (ROCAF) plans to upgrade its entire 142 F-16A/B fleet and complete the training programme in 2023. This F-16 Peace Phoenix Rising programme started in 2016.

There are not too many operational differences between the F-16 Block 20 and F-16V, so a qualified pilot just needs to finished new combat training inside the cockpit. After familiarity with the new APG-83 AESA fire-control radar and weapon system, he will be …

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