Taiwan F-CK-1 Ching-kuo get new electronic warfare capabilities

According to a news report by the Taiwanese military’s official news agency, Taiwan’s Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation handed over the upgraded F-CK-1 Ching-kuo Indigenous Defense Fighter in a ceremony attended by Air Force Deputy Commander Lt. Gen. Hu Kai-Hung.

The ceremony marks the completion of Phase 2 the Hsiang-chan program to upgrade 56 aircraft to F-CK-1C/D standard. Phase 1 of the program saw 71 aircraft upgraded starting from 2009.

The upgraded aircraft feature a new glass cockpit, a 32-bit flight control computer and improved electronic warfare capabilities. The landing gear was strengthened and a digital anti-skid system added, although earlier plans to fit conformal fuel tanks to the fleet was abandoned.

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