Russia helps Taiwan design own fighter jet - report
F-35   /  Photo:

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.

Tags: Taiwan, aircrafts


ugg boots sale 2010 19 Jan, 03:55 PM

UGG Boots | Your toes never say lies, they love

-Genuine Sheepskin Boots by

Australia. Love, Love Warmth . Another warmth boots is

, From advanced running styles of , we have everything you need for sports, fitness and outdoor activities. Shop men’s athletic shoes,

for top brands. Are you thinking ahead to coldweather already? Before you know it, it will be time to break out your winter

. This suede

from UGG features a crocheted shaft with a cute tassle tie. The more you wear in them. the more slouchy the style will become.

And I think there are more things you will like it:

is a good shop online, the

will become our good friend.

let us fell good, it is very comfortable. so you can


do you want to have one. I have

, my friend has , what do you want to have?

Readers choice




USD / RUR 30,1245
EUR / RUR 41,5085
RTS Index 1394.08
RTS Standard 9204.58
RTS-2 Index 1506.11
RTS Oil & Gas Index 170.88
RTS Consumer & Retail Index 247.8
RTS Metals & Mining Index 236.51
RTS Industrial Index 136.64
RTS Electric Utilities Index 211.22
RTS Telecom Index 201.03
RTS Financials Index 385.84