Taipei: Taiwan`s Defense Ministry has
confirmed a US agreement to upgrade the island`s fleet of F-16
In a text message today, it said the defence minister
"will hold a news conference to elaborate on the US decision
to upgrade the planes." It was the first official confirmation
of the deal.
The message made no mention of Taiwan`s original desire
to purchase the later-generation F-16 C/D planes.
US congressional officials have said
that the Obama administration is rejecting that request, and
instead upgrading Taiwan`s existing planes.