Taiwan will commission 12 military aircraft acquired from the United States to replace its existing fleet of 11 S-2T anti-submarine aircraft in December, the Air Force said.
In a statement, the Air Force said it has taken full delivery of the 12 P-3C Orion aircraft, which are equipped with torpedoes and depth bombs designed to sink fast, deep-diving nuclear submarines and high-performance surface ships, Focus Taiwan reported Sunday.
The 12 American-made P-3Cs will replace a fleet of 11 S-2T anti-submarine aircraft that has been in service for more than 40 years, the Air Force said. The 12 aircraft, along with relevant equipment and services, were procured from the US for $1.9 billion in 2007, after a six-year delay that stemmed from political infighting in Taiwan.
The P-3Cs will play an essential role in anti-submarine warfare in the defense of Taiwan against China, according to the Ministry of National Defense.
In view of the rapid pace of China's naval modernization and expansion, Taiwan's military has been working to bolster not only its undersea warfare capabilities but also its anti-submarine warfare (ASW), which uses surface warships, aircraft, or other submarines to find, track and deter, damage or destroy enemy submarines.
The P-3C Orion is a four-engine turboprop anti-submarine and maritime surveillance aircraft with multi-mission capabilities. It is equipped with advanced submarine detection sensors and an integrated avionics system and carries a mixed payload of weapons internally and on its wings.
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
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
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