Taiwan's Security and Air Power: Taiwan's Defense against the Air Threat from Mainland China

Taiwan's Security and Air Power: Taiwan's Defense against the Air Threat from Mainland China

Taiwan's Security and Air Power: Taiwan's Defense against the Air Threat from Mainland China

Taiwan's Security and Air Power: Taiwan's Defense against the Air Threat from Mainland China

Synopsis

This book brings together a range of experts from the West and from Taiwan itself who examine the key issues connected with Taiwan's air power, which is a key aspect of the China-Taiwan military balance.

Excerpt

This volume on Taiwan's air power is the third in a series that explores Taiwan's defense and security issues, the first two having looked respectively at Taiwan's defense, overall, and Taiwan's Maritime security. It addresses the roc Air Force's future development in the light of perceived threats from the People's Republic of China consequent upon that country's extensive military modernization program.

It is to be hoped that the book will not only prompt and stimulate the interaction between military and civilian personnel in the government, but also encourage the exchange of ideas on the more pressing issue of Taiwan's defense, security, and air power. the international conference upon which it is based will give leaders on both sides of the Taiwan Strait and those from Asian-Pacific countries a useful point of reference. With its clear message, serious consequences for the security and stability of the East Asian region due to mistake or misjudgment might be avoided.

The book has been divided into five parts: the theory and practice of air power; the balance of air power over the Taiwan Straits; the expansion of the pla Air Force and its effects; the air defense of Taiwan; a review of the ROCAF's force structure; and Taiwan's future air power prospects. With regard to the expansion of the pla Air Force and its effects, many specialists have pointed out again and again that in recent years the prc, supported by a strong economic development, has increased its defense budget by over 10 percent. This expansion constitutes a serious threat to Taiwan, of which prc air power is a major element.

Today, the pla has deployed more than 400 missiles directed at Taiwan along its Southeast coast. in respect of current and future combat aircraft developments, the pla has purchased Su-30s from Russia and has been granted a license by Russia to manufacture the Su-27, domestically. Other than that, the pla is working on the research and development of the J-10MG by itself. All these activities are leading to the steady increase in the numbers of air power assets in the PLAAF's inventory. in addition, the prc is also actively developing aerospace technologies with the purpose of integrating its overall C isr capability, something that has already posed a serious threat to Taiwan's security.

The acceleration in the PLA's modernization program and the expansion of its military strength has had a huge impact on the military balance between the prc

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