Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Taiwan renews F-16 request as US defends upgrade

An upgrade of Taiwan's fleet of F-16s would provide essentially the same quality as new fighter jets, a U.S. government official said on Monday as Taiwan officials renewed a push for the latest model.

The Obama administration informally told U.S. lawmakers on Friday it would upgrade Taiwan's 140-plus existing F-16 A/B jets while deferring Taipei's request for the more advanced F-16 C/Ds.

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