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 fighter jet fleet and future procurement options (2015 update)
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 […]