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Taiwan stitches together F-35 request

18th August 2017 - 11:20 GMT | by Wendell Minnick in Taipei

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Taiwan is preparing to draft a request for price and availability for F-35 fighters to replace its ageing Dassault Mirage 2000 fighters, now numbering 56 from the original 60 procured during the 1990s. 

Sources at the biennial Taipei Aerospace and Defence Technology Exhibition (TADTE), held from 17-19 August, indicate Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen was buoyed by her congratulatory phone call to US President Donald Trump in December, which may have given her administration a false sense of hope for continued US arms sales.

Proponents of the Lockheed Martin F-35 have even created a military-style patch with the Taiwan flag on

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Wendell Minnick

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Wendell Minnick


Wendell Minnick (顏文德) was Shephard's Senior Asia Correspondent throughout 2017 and 2018. Wendell is an …

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