[Global Times reports special correspondent Li Qiang] Recently, the US high-volume arms sales to Taiwan have aroused widespread concern. However, the strongest U.S. military M1A2 main battle tank purchased by the Taiwanese Army was referred to as the monkey version of the reduced performance. In fact, this is good in the equipment purchased by the Taiwanese army. Many of the equipment that could be used as waste reclamation or targets elsewhere has become fragrant baboons in the Taiwanese army. Some of the original equipment design is inadequate, either incompatible with the local environment of the Taiwanese Army, or frequent failures, become a widow manufacturer.
The main tanks of the Taiwanese Army are treated as garbage in the United States, while the second-hand Perry class frigates purchased by the Taiwanese Army from the United States are used as target ships by the United States Army.
Throwing it into the sea as a reef, as a target ship, or as a waste, can produce some value. The US Air Force aircraft sold to the Taiwanese Army became the widow maker of the Taiwanese Army. This is evident in the F-104 Star fighter. The fighter, developed by Lockheed Martin, first flew in 1954, is the first fighter in the United States and the first fighter in the world to fly at twice the speed of sound. In order to reduce flight drag, the wing span is very small and very thin. The leading edge of the wing is as sharp as a razor. The United States once advocated that the machine had excellent maneuverability, good acceleration and climbing performance, and maintained the world record of climbing rate and maximum lift for a long time in the 1960s. In addition to equipping the U.S. Army, it also sells a lot to its allies. The Taiwanese army has purchased nearly 250 units successively.
However, as this is the first American 2-speed fighter, there are many design defects, one of the major characteristics is that it is easy to fall. The U.S. Air Force soon discovered the problem, eliminated the aircraft and began to replace a large number of F-4 fighters. These obsolete fighter planes were dumped by allies including the Taiwan Air Force. As for the accident rate of the aircraft, a joke once circulated: Do you want an F-104 Star fighter, go to the lawn and wait, and one will fall down in a minute?
Of course, this joke is a horror film among Taiwanese pilots. In the Taiwanese Army, the F-104 is a famous flying coffin. In total, the Taiwanese Army equipped fewer than 250 aircraft, dropped 96 and killed 64 pilots. So that the air force in Taiwan talks about star color change. Such a flying coffin was the main fighter aircraft of the Taiwanese army until the mid-1990s.
Not only American equipment, but also French equipment purchased by the Taiwanese army often goes wrong. From 1997 to 1999, the Taiwanese Army purchased 60 Phantom-2000 fighter planes. The weapons for Phantom-2000 include 960 Mika medium-range air-to-air missiles and 480 Magic short-range air-to-air missiles. The total price of missiles and aircraft is NT$167.6 billion. The equipment in France is very expensive because of its low production. In recent years, due to the discontinuation of many equipment and the inadequacy of soil and water, the completion rate of Phantom-2000 is not good enough, so that the Taiwanese army intends to sell these Phantom-2000. In addition, the Taiwanese Army has purchased thousands of air-to-air missiles at one time, but the missile life is usually about 10-20 years, which leads to the peak of missile failure for the Taiwanese Air Force. In contrast, many armies are purchased in batches to avoid the lack of combat effectiveness when the missiles life expectancy expires at the same time.
Source: Global Times Responsible Editor: Ding Xunwei_NBJS8671