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    Post  Tsavo Lion on Thu Oct 25, 2018 9:24 pm

    Is upgraded J-10 series PLA’s answer to Taiwan’s F-16 Viper?
    Taiwan will never be able to outspend China on fighters, ships & subs. The US won't risk putting permanent bases there- the B-2s stopped using Guam already. The noose on Taiwan's neck is tightening, slowly but surely!
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    Post  Vladimir79 on Thu Oct 25, 2018 10:30 pm

    Tsavo Lion wrote:Is upgraded J-10 series PLA’s answer to Taiwan’s F-16 Viper?
    Taiwan will never be able to outspend China on fighters, ships & subs. The US won't risk putting permanent bases there- the B-2s stopped using Guam already. The noose on Taiwan's neck is tightening, slowly but surely!

    At the rate they keep crashing I doubt it is an answer for anything.
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    Post  Tsavo Lion on Fri Oct 26, 2018 12:06 am

    13 F-16s crashed/damaged from 1998 to 2018, or average 1.5 per year; perhaps it's due to lack of proper spare parts & high op tempo.
    http://www.f-16.net/aircraft-database/F-16/mishaps-and-accidents/airforce/RoCAF/
    “Although Taiwan has nearly 400 combat aircraft in service, far fewer of these are operationally capable,” the report lamented. “Taiwan recognizes that it needs a sustainable replacement for obsolete and problematic aircraft platforms.”
    Taiwan’s fighter pilots hadn’t received new planes for more than a decade. ..“Due to the lack of affordable spare parts, the Taiwanese air force struggles to maintain mission capable rates over 30%,” the defense contractor stated. https://warisboring.com/that-one-time-lockheed-hated-on-the-taiwanese-air-force/
    Asked if there are enough F-16s out there for the demand, Grant said: “No.” “But if there’s not, not every country needs an F-16,” said Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch, the Air Force’s military deputy for acquisition. “Sometimes we work with them to come up with other alternatives.” https://www.defenseone.com/business/2017/06/european-allies-want-used-f-16-fighter-jet/138812/
    Now that problem is being partially solved. Later, they may get some more used F-16s for parts/modernization from the US &/ others.
    https://www.military.com/dodbuzz/2017/03/24/poland-used-f16s

    OTH, there was only 1 known crash of a J-10:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chengdu_J-10#Accidents_and_incidents
    https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/what-pla-air-crashes-really-signal
    https://topwar.ru/148842-ministr-oborony-knr-za-tajvan-gotovy-voevat.html
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    Post  Tsavo Lion on Fri Nov 02, 2018 6:49 pm

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