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Taiwan upgrades F-16 fighters with U.S. stealth-busting radar

Retrofit project underway despite China's objections

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen inspects the island's fleet of F-16 fighters on Nov. 18. (Photo courtesy of Taiwan's presidential office)

TAIPEI -- Taiwan has upgraded nearly half of its fleet of F-16 fighter jets, the self-ruled island's air force said Thursday, bolstering its defense capability with cooperation from the U.S. despite years of objections from mainland China.

Taiwan purchased 141 F-16A/Bs from the U.S. in the 1990s. Sixty-four of them have now been retrofitted to the advanced F-16V Block 20 standard, and the remaining 77 will be upgraded by 2023.

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