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Taiwan F-16 MRO&U Facility
« on: September 01, 2020, 12:39:00 AM »
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https://www.janes.com/article/93224/aidc-lockheed-martin-to-set-up-f-16-maintenance-facility-in-taiwan

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AIDC, Lockheed Martin to set up F-16 maintenance facility in Taiwan
16 December 2019

Taiwan's Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation (AIDC) has signed an agreement with Lockheed Martin to deepen collaboration on providing maintenance, repair, overhaul and upgrade (MRO&U) capability for F-16 Fighting Falcon multirole combat aircraft.

AIDC said that under the "strategic alliance", which was signed in Taichung City in Taiwan on 17 December, the two companies will establish an F-16 maintenance centre in Taiwan focused on supporting the Republic of China (RoC) Air Force's expanding F-16 fleets. AIDC is also expected to look to provide similar services to other F-16 operators in the Asia Pacific.

AIDC said the agreement, through which Lockheed Martin is expected to transfer supporting technologies to Taiwan as part of wider industrial co-operation obligations, is also aligned with the government's stated objective to ensure maintenance and support activity for frontline military equipment is carried out locally. The strategy is aimed at both ensuring military capability and boosting national industrial competencies.

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Re: Taiwan F-16 MRO&U Facility
« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2020, 12:40:23 AM »
https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/taiwan-opens-f-16-mrou-facility

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28 August 2020
Taiwan opens F-16 MRO&U facility

AIDC confirmed the facility – located at AIDC’s complex at Taichung – is positioned to provide MRO&U services for new F-16C/D Block 70 aircraft reportedly recently ordered by Taiwan, as well as F-16A/B legacy models, which are currently being upgraded.

While support for locally operated F-16s is the new centre’s priority, AIDC is also hoping, in time, to secure MRO&U deals with regional F-16 operators such as Indonesia, Singapore, South Korea, and Thailand.

AIDC aims to promote the facility as a cost-effective alternative to sourcing support services from the United States, although officials have conceded that political issues – and regional countries’ concerns about engagement with Taiwan – could hinder such aspirations.