The state-run Chungshan Institute of Science and Technology, which manages the development of Taiwan's defense technologies, announced that the hundred Ching-kuo light fighters in service in Taiwan should soon be equipped with an electronic warfare pod developed locally.
During the 1980s, following Washington's refusal to export the F-16 and the F-20 Tigershark light fighter, Taiwan undertook to develop its own new generation light fighter, the F-CK-1 Ching-kuo or Indigenous DefenseFighter. Initially, 250 aircraft were planned , but the order was reduced to 130 aircraft after France and the United States authorized the sale of Mirage 2000s and F-16s.
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