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Difficult choices faced on F-16 deals

BREAKING THE BANK:Rumors of hidden non-recurring costs and a budget crunch could force the Taiwanese government to choose between upgrades or new planes

By J. Michael Cole  /  Staff reporter

Deputy Minister of National Defense Andrew Yang (楊念祖) told the legislature on Saturday that if the capabilities of the F-16C/Ds were no better than those of the F-16A/Bs following the upgrade, the military could consider not purchasing the new aircraft.

Clarifying Yang’s remarks, ministry spokesman Major General David Lo (羅紹和) said the air force was preparing to upgrade its -F-16A/Bs and that the capabilities of any future purchases made by the air force would have to surpass those of the F-16A/B.

Yang’s comments were based on practicality and were not a conditional requirement, Lo said.

Additional reporting by CNA

translation by Jake Chung, Staff Writer

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