May 24, 2023 Military Aviation News

US Arms Taiwan’s F-16 Vipers With Lethal AIM-9X Sidewinder Block II Missiles To Counter Chinese PLAAF Threats


Taiwan has equipped its most sophisticated fighter jet, the F-16 Viper, with new air-to-air missiles in what is being seen as a response to People’s Liberation Army (PLA) warplanes routinely flying sorties close to the self-governing island.

South Korea Signs Contract With Malaysia For 18 FA-50 Light Aircraft After LCA Tejas & Hurjet Concede


South Korea has signed a contract with Malaysia for the export of 18 FA-50 light attack jets, with South Korean Minister of National Defense Lee Jong-sup attending the signing ceremony. Earlier, India’s LCA Tejas and Turkey’s Hurjet were considered key contenders for the Malaysian contract but eventually lost to South Korea.

US Rejects F-35 Stealth Fighters For China’s ‘Strategic Ally’ In Indo-Pacific; Offers F-15, F-16 Instead: Reports


The United States Department of Defense has reportedly turned down Thailand’s request to procure advanced fifth-generation F-35 fighter jets, reported Bangkok Post, citing a Royal Thai Air Force source. However, the US has extended an alternative proposal, offering the Southeast Asian nation the opportunity to purchase F-16 Block 70 and F-15 Eagle fighters, the report said.

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