The Ministry of National Defense (MND) confirmed to the media Monday that two of its indigenous defense fighter (IDF) jets experienced a minor mishap during a tactical training mission Aug. 19, but both planes were able to complete emergency landings at the Ching Chuan Kang air base in Taichung, central Taiwan following the incident.
No one was injured, the ministry affirmed during a press conference, saying that the IDFs only sustained minor damage and have since been repaired.
The two jets from the Tainan air base in southeastern Taiwan collided as they flew into the clouds, the MND said, adding that the pilots were grounded for a safety review following the incident.
In 2014, the IDF went through a mid-life upgrade program conducted by the Taichung-based Aerospace Industrial Development Corp. to improve the radar, avionics, weapons, flight control and monitoring systems of the jets. All of the IDF C/D fleet at the Tainan base is now capable of carrying the Wan Chien bomb, which was researched and produced by the military-run Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology.
Similar to the AGM-154 Joint Standoff Weapon employed by the U.S. military, the Wan Chien can strike targets from a distance to take out an enemy airfield without exposing the IDF to anti-aircraft fire.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel