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Taiwan’s Air Power
Dr Wu Shang-Su Research Fellow
Dr Wu Shang-Su
This is a chapter in a book on air power edited by Amit Gupta. Airpower has been a critical factor in the military balance across the Taiwan Strait since 1949, and Taipei always places its air force and, broadly, air defence, on the top priority of defence investment. After seven decades of efforts, Taiwan has built a remarkable air defence network comprised of fighters, surface-to-air missiles (SAMs), ground based and airborne radars and other facilities. In parallel, the other side of the Strait has also worked hard to neutralise the network through conventional and non-conventional means. The cross-Strait dynamic relations determines the nuance of Taiwan’s air power, along with other important factors, such as the domestic politics and Taiwan’s international isolation. This chapter will be divided into four parts, historical reviews, dynamic challenges, current plans, and conclusion to form a comprehensive view on Taiwan’s air power.
|Theme:||Country and Region Studies|
|Region:||East Asia and Asia Pacific|