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Report urges US to supply fighter jets

TOP GUN:Despite opposition from China, the paper says that pushing for F-16C/D jets would be more likely to bear fruit than waiting for the under-development F-35s

By William Lowther  /  Staff reporter in WASHINGTON

This means that Taiwan would have to wait behind not only the US Air Force, but also Britain’s Royal Air Force, as well as the air forces of Australia, Canada, Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Turkey, Israel and Singapore.

“At the earliest, Taiwan could not hope to purchase the F-35 before 2025, with deliveries likely sometime beyond that point,” Cheng says.

The report says that Obama and the US Congress should focus on the stated goal of closing Taiwan’s fighter gap.

“Filling Taiwan’s longstanding request for F-16C/Ds would do that,” it adds.

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