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F-16V upgrade kicks off in Taiwan

29th January 2017 - 21:34 GMT | by Charles Au in Taipei


At the beginning of 2017, four Republic of China Air Force (ROCAF) F-16A/B Block 20 fighters began undergoing upgrades under Taiwan’s Feng Zhan (Phoenix Rising) project. It will take six years to complete the upgrade of the entire F-16 fleet. 

Taiwan will pay $5.3 billion for the 144 aircraft upgrades. Twenty-four fighters should be completed by the start of 2018.

The retrofit programme adds Northrop Grumman’s APG-83 Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR), embedded global positioning equipment, new cockpit centre pedestal display, modernised mission computer, high-capacity ethernet data bus, ALQ-213(V) electronic warfare management unit and several other missions system

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Charles Au


Charles Au

Charles was born in Malaysia, but educated in Taiwan. He is currently based in the …

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