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Taiwan says US agrees to upgrade F-16 planes

Last Updated: Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 00:37

Taipei: Taiwan`s Defense Ministry has
confirmed a US agreement to upgrade the island`s fleet of F-16
A/B warplanes.

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.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 00:37

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