A Taiwanese fighter jet has gone missing above the East China Sea during a routine patrol.
The Mirage-2000 disappeared from radar screens just over a half-hour after taking off Tuesday evening from an air base in Hsinchu, south of the capital, Taipei, according to an air force statement on Wednesday.
The navy ships and more than a dozen aircraft have been dispatched to search the area but with no result as of midday, Xinhua News Agency reported Wednesday. It said the pilot, Ko Tse-yu, joined the air force more than a decade ago and had 227 hours of flight time in Mirages.
Dassault, Thales and Safran were fined a total of $268 million in October over a commercial dispute dating back to 1992. Dassault Aviation said it was fined 134 million euros; avionics and systems manufacturer Thales was hit with a fine of 64 million euros; and engine maker Safran was ordered to pay 29 million euros, the groups said in statements released separately.
Taiwan purchased 60 Mirage-2000 jets from France during the 1990s, despite stiff opposition from China, which claims the island as its own territory and threatens to use military force to bring it under its control.
The planes have experienced mechanical problems in the past due to the harsh environment and high usage rates, but those problems were believed to have been largely overcome through technical upgrades.
Taiwan's air force relies heavily on the Mirages, along with US F-16 Fighting Falcons and homemade IDF fighters. Obstruction by Beijing has made purchases of foreign military hardware extremely difficult and Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen this year announced a $2.1 billion investment in the production of air force jet trainers to be designed and manufactured on the island as part of a push to revive the domestic defense industry.
Three French aviation companies have been fined a total of 227 million euros ($268 million) in Taiwan over a commercial dispute dating back to 1992, the companies announced. Dassault Aviation said it was fined 134 million euros; avionics and systems manufacturer Thales was hit with a fine of 64 million euros; and engine maker Safran was ordered to pay 29 million euros, the groups said in statements released separately late Wednesday
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The Taiwanese military has grounded its Mirage 2000 aircraft fleet on Wednesday after an aircraft disappeared from Radar screens after it took off. The Mirage-2000 disappeared from radar screens just over a half-hour after taking off Tuesday evening from an air base in Hsinchu, south of the capital, Taipei, according to an air force statement on Wednesday
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