Production of new F-16V Viper for Taiwan has started in the United States

Production of the 66 new Lockheed Martin F-16V Viper fighters for Taiwan started at the end of April . On April 28, 2020, the US Department of Defense announced that the contract to produce new General Electric F110-GE-129 reactors destined for Taiwan had been activated. These are primarily intended to equip the F-16V built in Lockheed Martin's new factories in Greenville, South Carolina, even if they could later integrate part of the older generation F-16A/B already converted to F-16V standard at the AIDC Shalu complex in Taichung.

This announcement seems to mark the end of the long soap opera of modernizing the Taiwanese air force. However, at a time when relations between Beijing and Taipei are at their worst, the Taiwanese air force seems to find itself in a particularly paradoxical situation. Indeed, in the coming years, Taiwan will have the most modern air force in its history. And, at the same time, never has its strategic disadvantage been so blatant.

In theory, the F-16V has an impressive capacity for carrying long-range AMRAAM missiles. Taiwan, however, remains very limited in this area, Washington only delivering precious missiles on a drop-by-drop basis.

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