Taiwan To Upgrade 71 Locally Made F-CK-1 Ching-kuo Fighter Jets

A Taiwanese military spokesman says the island will unveil an upgraded Indigenous Defense Fighter  F-CK-1 Ching-kuo on Thursday.

Luo Shou-he's Sunday statement reflects Taiwan's efforts to bolster its defense against possible Chinese attack following a long delay in a U.S. decision on the sale of advanced F-16 fighter jets to the island.

Luo declined to provide more details. Taiwanese newspapers reported Sunday that Taiwanese military will upgrade 71 aircraft in total to enable them to carry more different types of air-to-surface missiles, including an anti-radiation missile. The Indigenous Defence Fighters entered service in 1992.

Taiwan and China split amid civil war in 1949. Beijing still claims Taiwan as its own and vows to retake the island, by force if necessary. 

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