Upgraded early warning aircraft arrive in Taiwan
TAIPEI (AFP) - Taiwan has received its final two upgraded early warning aircraft from the United States, a move expected to bolster the island's air defence against rival China, the air force said on Sunday.
Analysts say the planes - which have an all-weather early warning and control system platform with upgraded radar, software, avionics and propellers - will further reduce warning time if China launched an air attack on the island.
China has repeatedly threatened to invade Taiwan should the island declare formal independence, prompting Taipei to seek more advanced weapons, largely from the United States.
The arrival of the two new E-2Ks brings the number of the advanced aircraft in the Taiwanese fleet to six.