Mar 16, 2014
U.S. committed to Taiwan's F-16 retrofit program
Potential cuts in U.S. Air Force (USAF) funding for the CAPES program will not negatively impact the Taiwan F-16 retrofit program.
CAPES refers to the combat avionics programmed extension suite program. It is a USAF program to replace the avionics and radars for 300 US Lockheed Martin F-16s.
In September 2011, the Obama administration decided to sell the same upgrades to Taiwan's fleet of around 150 F-16 A/Bs.
Due to budget constraints, however, the USAF has decided not to fund the CAPES program after fiscal year 2014, which will end on Sept. 30 this year. The decision has raised some doubt on the retrofit program for Taiwan's F-16s, which were purchased in the 1990s.
Funding for the upgrades for Taiwan's fighter jets can be covered in Taiwan's current letter of offer and acceptance.