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Can Taiwan Mirage 2000-5 confront against the Chinese J-10 aircraft?

By Defence View

The five-day Han Kuang exercise began on the morning of September 13 in the eastern part of Taiwan, where the Air Self-Defense Force’s F-16V and Mirage 2000-5 fighters took off, drills were focused on testing the military’s preservation and maintenance of combat capabilities in the event of a full-scale Chinese invasion.

The drills come during a month in which 19 Chinese military aircraft entered Taiwan’s air defense identification zone, and in the wake of Chinese exercises that analysts say were intended to simulate an invasion across the Taiwan Strait. Taipei is responding by pouring money into missiles and other investments that it hopes will help level an uneven playing field.

In the payroll of the island of Taiwan, there are currently 3 main fighter lines of which the Mirage 2000-5 is made by France, the F-16 is made by the US and finally the domestic fighter series AIDC F-CK-1.

In 1992, the Taiwan Air Force planned to buy 120 Mirage 2000-5s from Dassault (France) but ended up buying only 60 with a total value of $2.6 billion. All of these aircraft were delivered in turn in the period from May 1997 to November 1998. Up to the present time, Mirage 2000-5 is still fully maintained in service with the Taiwan Republic of China Air Force.

Due to the accident, the Taiwan Air Force currently only maintains 47 single-seat Mirage 2000-5EI fighters. There are also 9 two-seat Mirage 2000-5DI for both training and combat. Mirage 2000-5 is an upgraded version from Mirage 2000 exported by France to the island of Taiwan. This version is optimized for air combat.

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