Russia helps Taiwan design own fighter jet - report
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Russia helps Taiwan design own fighter jet - report

19 Jun, 10:32 PM

According to a newspaper report, Russian engineers have helped Taiwan with the design of its own third-generation fighter jet.

The fighter, developed by Taiwan's government-owned Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation, or AIDC, is based on the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter being developed for the US Air Force, the China Times said, cited by AFP .

Designed by Lockheed Martin Corp. of the US, the F-35 carries a price tag of more than $90 million, it said.

Taiwan began developing the jet after a deal to buy F-16 C/D fighters ran aground in 2007, as Washington disapproved of the pro-independence policies of the Democratic Progressive Party that was then in power.

The deal, worth at least 100 billion Taiwan dollars ($3.04 billion), would have been Washington's biggest arms sale to the island since 2001.

The newspaper said the design of the fighter, with double engines and short take-off ability, was completed after AIDC sent staff to Russia. It didn't specify which Russian agency or company was involved.

China has threatened to invade Taiwan should it declare formal independence, prompting the island to acquire more advanced weaponry.

The two sides have been rivals since splitting in 1949 after a civil war but ties have improved dramatically since the Beijing-friendly Kuomintang party came to power last year.


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