Category Archives: military

Taiwan’s F-16 ban might cost US economy US$1 trillion – Wendell Minnick

The decision by the US administration to ban the sale of F-16’s to Taiwan might cost the US economy US$1 trillion, according to a US analysis, writes defense expert Wendell Minnick in Defense News. Taiwan lobbyists find here new ammunition against the ban.

Upgrade F-16’s “vital for Taiwan”, write US officials – Wendell Minnick

Seven retired US air force officials urged in a letter for an upgrade of Taiwan’s F-16 as “vital for Taiwan to defend itself and restore balance in the Taiwan Strait”, defense specialist Wendell Minnick writes in Defense News.

US$ 5.8 bn arms package for Taiwan – Wendell Minnick

The US have released a US$ 5.8 billion arms package for Taiwan, triggering off the anger of China, writes defense analyst Wendell Minnick in Defense News. Taiwan still hope to obtain also ordered new F-16’s.

Taiwan might pick JSF after F-16 ban – Wendell Minnick

Taiwan might shift its preference to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JFK) after the US declined to sell F-16’s to the island, to safeguard its relationship with China, defense specialist Wendell Minnick writes in Defense News, quoting deputy Defense minister Andrew Yang.

Obama opposes Congressional push for Taiwan’s F-16’s – Wendell Minnick

US president Barack Obama plans to push Congress against the law that would allow the sale of F-16’s to Taiwan, Wendell Minnick writes in Defense News. The result of a meeting with Congress yesterday are not yet known.

US Congress pushes Obama on Taiwan’s F-16’s – Wendell Minnick

The pro-Taiwan lobby in US Congress is gathering steam after president Obama refused permission for F-16 sales to Taiwan, writes Wendell Minnick in Defense News. The Taiwan Airpower Modernization Act (TAMA) is now up for discussion.

Taiwan turns to indigenous weapon systems – Wendell Minnick

Presidents Obama’s refusal to permit the sales of F-16’s and possibly other arms deals to Taiwan, has caused a renewed focus of the island on indigenous weapons, defense specialist Wendell Minnick writes in Defense News. R&D focuses on some rather exotic systems.

US denies Taiwan F-16’s – Wendell Minnick

The US have giving in to Chinese pressure and decided to stop the delivery of F-16 fighter planes to Taiwan, defense expert Wendell Minnick reports in Defense News. Taiwan’s officials are disappointed.

China’s weapon’s industry makes new inroads – Wendell Minnick

A decade ago the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) made everything from trucks, via black jacks to tea spoons to survive. But Avic is back, notes military expert Wendell Minnick in Defense News, with new types of fighter jets, helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicles and airborne weapons, ready for international competition.

Taiwan launches a ‘carrier killer’ – Wendell Minnick

Taiwan is gearing up to sink China’s new aircraft carrier Varyag in case of war, with its new “aircraft carrier killer” missile, the ramjet-powered supersonic anti-ship cruise missile Hsiung Feng 3, it announced on August 10, writes defense specialist Wendell Minnick in Defense News.