USTBC Supports Taiwan’s Request for Fighter Jets from the US

March 7, 2019

Press Release:
Taiwan’s Request for New F-16 Viper Fighter Jets from the United States

(Arlington, Virginia, March 7, 2019)

According to a statement yesterday from the Ministry of National Defense (MND), Taiwan has made an official request to the United States for new-build fighter jets. While MND has not yet confirmed the quantity or type of aircraft that it has asked for, the request is believed to be for a fleet of 66 F-16 Vipers.

The US-Taiwan Business Council has long supported the sale of additional F-16s to Taiwan. The Council believes that such a sale will address both quantitative and qualitative challenges, and that it will significantly boost Taiwan’s air defenses. The F-16 Viper’s performance and capabilities readily satisfy the Taiwan Air Force’s operational requirements. In addition, current maintenance, life-cycle support, and pilot training infrastructure would allow for cost-efficient and rapid integration into Taiwan’s existing armed forces.

The new-build F-16-Vs will both support and augment the F-16 upgrade program that the Taiwan military is currently undertaking. A major project begun in 2016, the program upgrades Taiwan’s existing F-16 A/B s to F-16Vs, and provides them with the AN/APG-83 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar. Together, the retrofit program and the new buy will allow Taiwan to field a modern and capable fleet of fighter aircraft in sufficient numbers to meet the evolving threat represented by China’s ongoing military modernization.

Council President Rupert Hammond-Chambers commented “Taiwan has a legitimate right to purchase new airframes and to maintain a modern, well-functioning Air Force that can ensure air sovereignty. A purchase of new F-16Vs will help to close the previously looming fighter gap, and will serve to significantly improve Taiwan’s ability to defend its airspace. This request also represents an important increase in Taiwan’s commitment to its own defense and security. Given that this sale would be consistent with the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) requirement for the U.S. to provide Taiwan with arms to defend itself, I am hopeful that the two sides can come to an agreement and move forward with the acquisition program in a timely manner.

Related Media

May 28, 2020 Press Releases

New USTBC Report Offers Comprehensive Analysis of Taiwan’s Private Equity Environment

Press Release: New US-Taiwan Business Council Report Offers Comprehensive Analysis of Taiwan’s Private Equity Environment (Arlington, Virginia, May 28, 2020) On May 28, 2020, the US-Taiwan Business Council released a report entitled “An Assessment and Analysis of Taiwan’s Private Equity Environment.” Through case studies and analysis, the report details why it would benefit Taiwan to […]

May 8, 2017 Press Releases

USTBC Comments on a Letter from Congress to President Trump on Prioritizing an FTA with Taiwan

Press Release: Members of Congress Urge Priority Consideration for a U.S.-Taiwan Free Trade Agreement (Arlington, Virginia, May 8, 2017) In a January 23, 2017 memorandum, President Donald Trump directed the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) “to begin pursuing, wherever possible, bilateral trade negotiations” to promote American economic interests. In a letter to the […]

August 20, 2019 Press Releases

USTBC Comments on Proposed Sale of 66 F-16 Block 70 Fighter Jets to Taiwan

Press Release: Proposed Sale of 66 F-16 Block 70 Fighter Jets to Taiwan (Arlington, Virginia, August 20, 2019) The US-Taiwan Business Council (USTBC) today welcomed the announcement of a possible U.S. Foreign Military Sale of 66 F-16 Block 70 fighter jets to Taiwan for a total estimated value of US$8 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation […]

March 10, 2020 Press Releases

Press Note: USTBC & TACC

Press Note: USTBC & TACC (Arlington, Virginia, August 20, 2019) The US-Taiwan Business Council (USTBC, 美台商業協會, established 1976) has no affiliation or relationship with the Taiwanese-American Chamber of Commerce (TACC, 台美商會, established 2018). The USTBC has no comment on recent statements by TACC Chairman Neil Hare.

December 1, 2012 Press Releases

Archived Press Releases – 2010-2012

Archived press releases are available for download as PDF files.   May 18, 2012  —  Press Note: US-Taiwan Business Council Lauds House Approval of Granger Amendment to the NDAA, Mandating Selling F-16C/Ds to Taiwan April 27, 2012  —  Press Note: Senator Cornyn Releases Lippert Hold, White House Makes Concessions on Taiwan Arms Sales April 17, […]