F-16 Viper – Taiwan’s Air Force has inducted what is seen as its most modern fighter jet squadron to bolster the island’s defense. The move of inducting F-16V or Viper assumes significance as it comes at a time when Taiwan is witnessing a massive surge in aerial intrusions involving Chinese warplanes.
On November 18, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen commissioned 64 advanced F-16V “Viper” fighter jets into the service at a Chiayi air force facility. The jets are among Taiwan’s 141 F-16 A/B fighter aircraft, an older variant from the 1990s that will be fully upgraded by the end of 2023.
With the successive delivery of F-16V fighter jets built by Lockheed Martin, the number of F-16V fighter jets that Taiwan will receive in the future will exceed 200. As the latest member of the F-16 family, the F-16V fighter jet is equipped with an APG-83 AESA radar and advanced avionics system. It is said that its related performance is even comparable to that of the U.S. F-35 fighter jet, and it can also be mounted on American AIM. -120 medium-range air-to-air missiles, AIM-9X “Sidewinder” missiles, and other attack weapons. So next, I want to have a chat with you, to us, is there any research value in the two hundred F-16V fighter jets?
Number of technical indicators reach fifth-generation machine
As we all know, by virtue of its excellent combat performance and huge sales volume, the F-16 fighter can be regarded as the most successful third-generation or forth-generation fighter in the world. Since its introduction in the late 1970s, the F-16 fighter has undergone many modifications and upgrades, with no fewer than ten derivative models. At present, the latest F-16V is even known as the strongest F-16 in history. Some media claim that the overall combat power of F-16V is about 1.8 times that of F-16A/B, and its reconnaissance capability is about 2.2 times that of before. The data is not lacking in boasting elements, but objectively speaking, the F-16V fighter that has been successfully upgraded this time does have its brilliance.