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    [*******#999999]Posted by Tamir Eshel[/COLOR]


    Challenged by the ever growing scale and capabilities of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA), Taiwan must develop its air defense capabilities fielding more capable fighter planes in greater numbers, a requirement aired in a recently published released quadrennial defense review. Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) claims that China is deploying many of its newest weapons its Nanjing and Guangzhou military regions, both of which are adjacent to Taiwan, in recent years. Moreover, Many of the training programs and live-fire exercises played by the PLA have focused on seeking a speedy end to island conflicts in an apparent effort to prevent foreign intervention in the event of such a standoff.

    According to the MND’s quadrennial defense review, the military is also planning to develop unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) capable of carrying out combat and reconnaissance missions to beef up the country’s air defense muscle.

    Given the reluctance to deliver advanced fighter aircraft as expressed by Taiwan’s main ally – the US – Taipei is determined to develop its own advanced air power, based on new generation, stealth-capable fighters capable to meet the modern Chinese fighter planes in battle. Other capabilities recommended for such fighters include long-range flight and aerial refueling abilities, as well as the capability to launch ground and anti-ship weapons.

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    Not being much of an expert on Asian power politics, I'd have thought it would make sense to team up with India on this. They're not exactly chummy with China and might make a good partner...

    And let's not forget the South Korean KF-X.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vonFyrkendahl View Post
    Not being much of an expert on Asian power politics, I'd have thought it would make sense to team up with India on this. They're not exactly chummy with China and might make a good partner...
    Right, but India already partners with Russia for its stealth fighter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Camera View Post
    Right, but India already partners with Russia.
    AMCA not FGFA

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    Quote Originally Posted by EdisonTrent View Post
    AMCA
    That's what I was thinking about. That, along with the Kai KF-X, fits the bill IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vonFyrkendahl View Post
    That's what I was thinking about. That, along with the Kai KF-X fits the bill, IMO.
    Meh. Koreans won't do it, we need China to consume our exports.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EdisonTrent View Post
    Meh. Korean won't do it, we need China to consume our exports.
    OK... China's economic might will be the downfall of Taiwan...

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    Well money certainly has made just about everyone eager to sell Taiwan out

    Home of the brave my ass

    Japan MAY think about cooperation, but they also economically are plugged well into the PRC. To be honest, from one of the previous Taiwan threads, it would have been better if Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, etc teamed up on this 5th gen project. If Eurofighter could do it, so could this hypothetical project. Plus, as a bloc economically, the PRC couldn't afford to cut them off. Trade is at least supposed to be a two way street. A PRC that tries to cut trade is one who can't flood others markets with cheap ****, and for all the talk of huge and complex projects and products, it is still the staple of the PRC economic engine. It goes and so goes the PRC flying out the window.

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    They can develop all they want, but without a suitable engine, this project is dead before it begins. The previous fighter project ended up using a modified bizjet engine, and was only possible with huge amounts of US industry support.

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    Rubbish article!

    Why do people think 5th generation stealth fighters depend only on words and CGI pictures?

    You need a good aeronautical industry with successful projects under its belt to start such a project and a few billions $. Even then it would still take decades for something to fly and even more to have an operational force.

    Taiwan does not have the infrastructure or the money for such a project. They may be a successful country, but it's not enough!

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    It's a "make work, look busy" thing for Taiwan's MND. The current administration has spared no effort when it comes to eroding Taiwan's military capabilities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rakki View Post
    It's a "make work, look busy" thing for Taiwan's MND. The current administration has spared no effort when it comes to eroding Taiwan's military capabilities.
    So what would you propose? that ROC enter an arms race with PRC?
    perhaps increase conscription length back to 2-3 yr?

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    Well, Taiwan probably has more experience in developing an indigenous fighter than does Korea. Although this is probably just political talk. There's better options they can buy.

    PS: Taiwan is one of the main trading partners for China itself, and vice versa. So it's not an "excuse" to say that this prevents Korea or Japan from cooperating with Taiwan. More like, they have their own reasons not to cooperate with Taiwan on such a project.

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    Reasons I suspect begin and end with a few Benajamins here and there...

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