Taiwan “disappointed” U.S. won’t sell Taiwan new F-16 fighters.

Image: U.S. Defense / Master Sgt. Andy Dunaway TAIPEI -…

Image: U.S. Defense / Master Sgt. Andy Dunaway

TAIPEI – Bowing to Chinese pressure, the U.S. will deny Taiwan’s request for 66 new F-16C/D fighter aircraft, a Taiwan Ministry of National Defense (MND) official said.

“We are so disappointed in the United States,” he said.

A U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) delegation arrived here last week to deliver the news and offer instead a retrofit package for older F-16A/Bs that includes an active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar.

“The U.S. Pentagon is here explaining what is in the upgrade package,” a U.S. defense industry source said at TADTE. “They are going to split the baby: no C/Ds, but the A/B upgrade is going forward.”

Source: Wendell Minnick for Defense News.

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