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US to deny Taiwan new F-16 fighters: report

08-16-2011 15:24 BJT

US is reported to deny Taiwan's request for 66 new F-16C/D fighter aircraft, according to Defense News on August 14, citing a Taiwan Ministry of National Defense official.

Though Taiwan is "so disappointed in the US", a US department of Defense (DoD) delegation arrived in Taiwan last week and offered instead a retrofit package worth $4.2 billion for older F-16A/Bs that includes an active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar.

F-16B fighter

It's reported that an official announcement would be released by month's end.

Taiwan has repeatedly asked Washington to agree to sell the advanced F-16 fighter jets since 2006, a prospective sale estimated at more than $8 billion.

This week the Chinese mainland will host US Vice President Joe Biden.

Editor:Shi Jierui |Source: CNTV.CN

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