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Taiwanese F-5E crashed in the sea. Pilot ejected but died.



TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A Taiwanese Air Force pilot lost his life after his F-5 fighter jet crashed for unknown reasons off the east coast of Taiwan Thursday morning (Oct. 29).

According to a press release issued by the Ministry of National Defense (MND), ground control lost contact with an F-5E fighter jet while it was training off the coast of Taitung. The MND stated that the pilot had successfully ejected from the jet before impact and was soon rescued.

The pilot, identified as Captain Chu Kuan-meng (朱冠甍), suffered an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) and was rushed to Mackay Memorial Hospital for treatment. However, doctors were unable to resuscitate him, and he was officially declared dead at 9:27 a.m., reported CNA.

The MND stated that when Chu realized there was a serious problem with his aircraft, he tried his best to guide the plane away from the nearby settlement to avoid civilian casualties. According to the military, Chu was born in 1991, graduated in the Air Force Academy's class of 2013, and had accumulated 700 hours of flight time.

The F-5E was a joint venture in 1973 between Taiwan's Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation (AIDC) and the Northrop Corporation in which 242 F-5s were each equipped with two J58-GE-21A engines. The first aircraft was delivered to Taiwan's Air Force in 1974, and the planes are still being used for training to the present day.

Chu was the guitarist for the rock band "Tiger Band," which included his fellow pilots at Zhi-Hang Air Base in Taitung. He composed the song "Blue Sky" for the group, according to an interview with the Miltary News Agency in April of this year.

Chu is survived by his parents, wife, and a one-year-old daughter.






Arms package from the US getting wrapped up for Taiwan includes 100 Harpoon missile launch system fitted with 400 Harpoon block 2 missiles, 11 HIMARS, and 135 AGM-84H SLAM-ER missiles.



The government yesterday thanked Washington for another proposed arms sales package to strengthen the nation’s defense capabilities.

“Taiwan’s government thanks the US government for once again providing important defensive weapons in the wake of last week’s announcement of a three-part arms sales package,” Presidential Office spokesman Xavier Chang (張惇涵) said in a statement yesterday.

“This sale once again constitutes concrete action by the US government to fulfill its security commitments under the ‘six assurances’ and the Taiwan Relations Act, and also demonstrates that the US government considers assisting Taiwan to strengthen our self-defense capabilities a matter of great importance,” he said.

In the face of China’s military expansionism and provocation, Taiwan will further modernize its defense capabilities and upgrade its asymmetric combat capabilities, in a bid to maintain regional peace and stability, it said.

The latest package includes up to 100 Harpoon Coastal Defense Systems and related equipment for an estimated cost of US$2.37 billion, the Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a news release.

Also included are 400 RGM-84L-4 Harpoon Block II Surface- launched Missiles, four RTM-84L-4 Harpoon Block II Exercise Missiles, 411 containers, 100 Harpoon Coastal Defense System launcher transporter units, 25 radar trucks and other related logistics services and support, it said.

The agency has delivered the required certification notifying the US Congress of the possible sale, it added.

The proposed sale would improve the recipient’s capability to meet current and future threats by providing a flexible solution to augment existing surface and air defenses, but would not alter the basic military balance in the region, it said.

The US Department of State’s Bureau of Political Military Affairs also announced the sale on Twitter.

The notice came just five days after Washington announced the possible sale of a US$1.8 billion package that includes 11 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems M142 launchers and 135 AGM-84H Standoff Land Attack Missile Expanded Response Missiles, as well as surveillance and reconnaissance sensors to be mounted on aircraft.

The US has normalized its arms sales to Taiwan and reviewed Taiwan’s purchase proposals upon request, rather than holding and approving accumulated proposals all at once, Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Wang Ting-yu (王定宇) wrote on Facebook.

The weapons provided by the US also feature long-range and precision combat capabilities, and can be mounted on existing systems, he added.

Following Washington’s announcement last week, Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Zhao Lijian (趙立堅) on Monday said that Beijing would impose sanctions on Lockheed Martin Corp, a Boeing Co defense unit, Raytheon Technologies Corp and other US companies involved in the US’ arms sales to Taiwan.

China would take “necessary measures” to safeguard national sovereignty and security interests if the US does not drop its arms sale plans, ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin (汪文斌) said yesterday in a China Central Television news report.





Keen Sword 21 has started. It runs through to November 5th so more content will follow the opening with the joint-fleet.




Two USAF Ospreys landed on JS Kaga for the occasion.


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8 hours ago, Stuart Galbraith said:

Yes, stop and think what you said. How are you going to ship an Army to Asia when all China's likely enemies dominate the sea's on route?


 There is no impediment to sea communications during peacetime.  That's why an S-400 shipment from Russia to China about a year ago had to be replaced - because the missiles were damaged in a storm in transit by ship.  

Perhaps the Chinese are too  stupid to know that they need their shit in position before the war breaks out?  I doubt it.  Or maybe you believe that the West will go lunatic and launch a big attack on Russian and Chinese shipping and rail lines clear out of the blue in peacetime?  I doubt that too.  So what are you talking about that the Chinese can't use sea shipping to forward deploy equipment during peacetime?

If or when a war were to break out, all Chinese sea communications with its allies would cease.  To give an idea of timescale, if a Sino-Russian alliance were signed in 2022, a war might break out in, say, 2028.  That would give the Chinese 5 years to move equipment by sea.  

If in wartime, the US coalition would have to decide whether to sever the Trans Siberian Rail Road.   There would be advantages and disadvantages to doing that.  But assuming they did, then Chinese reinforcements to Russia via rail would take considerably longer than normal, since bridges and such would constantly be being hit and repaired.


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Opps. I notice this protest is timed with the USArmy stating it will deploy a 'Mid Range Capability' by 2023. Russia probably didn't think the US would play such a fast catch up game, but 2023 will see a lot of INF restricted weapons entering service or testing.

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