Taiwan to acquire sixty-six new F-16 American-manufactured fighter aircraft in one of the significant weapon trades to the self-governing island in many years.
On Friday, the agreement concluded as Beijing has been boosting pressure on Taiwan, which China thinks to be an attached region of its territory.
Taiwan will receive 66 new American-made F-16 fighter jets in the biggest arms sale to the self-governing island in years.The deal comes as China has been increasing pressure on the island, which Beijing considers to be a part of its territory. https://t.co/yoJNMyZhea
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Friday’s declaration was posted on the official site of the U.S. Defense Department, under the contacts updated portion. Moreover, the post described that the American Air Force was awarding a deal to Lockheed Martin, the manufacturer of the fighter jet F-16, for around ninety of the jets as part of the American foreign military trades.
No buyer was mentioned, but the United States Department source announced that an order from Taiwan permitted by the President Trump administration before 1 year it was included in the deal.
Another twenty-four fighter jets are supposed to deliver to Morocco, and final deliveries are likely to transfer by 2026.
New F-16 also known as Viper
The novel F-16 jets, known as Viper or F-16V, would be manufactured at Lockheed Martin plants in Greenville, South Carolina, and also in Fort Worth, Texas. Furthermore, those upgraded and latest versions of the single-engine fighter aircraft which initially flew with the American Air Force in the late 1970s.
At the time, when the agreement was officially approved last year, and that deal was greeted with robust bipartisan support by Congress, which is added from the Democratic chairman and the top Republican on the HFAC (House Foreign Affairs Committee).
Last August, in a combined statement, Eliot Engel (Democratic Representative of New York) and Michael McCaul (Republican Representative of Texas), said that the trade of F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan demonstrate a robust message about the American commitment democracy and security in the Indo-Pacific.
The declaration arrived almost one year ago when tensions were escalating between China and the United States over that island, a democracy of about twenty-four million people, and matters had turned to an adverse situation, and that escalations were reaching new levels last week as Alex Azar (United States Health & Human Service Secretary) visited Taiwan for negotiations with its leaders. Although, Alex Azar was the top-ranking and dominant United States official to visit the island in 4 decades.