U.S.-Taiwan-China relations in 2018, China takes first delivery of S-400 SAM, continuing spat over M503 route, reform of Taiwan’s defense industry, future and possible acquisitions, and more.
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Taiwan’s quest to acquire F-35B Lighting IIs has gained renewed vigor with the Trump administration. However, the decades-long focus on a STOVL-capable third-generation fighter may have neglected lower-end solutions to potential runway denial. Considering the timetable and available options, F-35Bs combined with an improved readiness rate remain the most likely candidates for a redress of cross-Strait air imbalance.
Taiwan’s best chance to stop a forceful takeover by China is to prevent the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) coming ashore. That makes the Republic of China Navy (ROCN) a crucial area of investment in terms of financial resources, research and development, and industrial capability.
Taiwan is serious about boosting its indigenous warship building capability while pursuing innovative designs across various platforms.
Harriers would seem to offer a head-on straight solution to the tactical dilemma facing Taiwan. But close analysis reveals that the aircraft isn’t worth the trouble
Whoever replaces President Ma Ying-jeou will have to deal with a number of enduring problems from Ma’s and previous presidents’ administrations.
Attribution remains to be key problem in responding to state-sponsored cyber-attacks.
Up-to-date order of battle of the ROC Air Force and ROC Navy Naval Aviation organized by designated units and geographic location of air bases and naval air stations
Written by Liao Yen-Fan* Despite its critics, F-35 remains an ideal solution to problems faced by ROCAF A review of the deteriorating situation and the struggle for F-35 The deteriorating […]