F-16 equipment procurement in accordance with regulations: air force
ROC Central News Agency
Taipei, Oct. 29 (CNA) The procurement of new electronic countermeasures (ECM) pods for Taiwan's fleet of F-16 fighter jets is being carried out in accordance with procurement regulations and legislative resolutions, Air Force Command Headquarters said in a statement Sunday.
The statement, issued in the form of a press release, came in the wake of a Chinese-language United Daily News report that the number of ALQ-131 pods to be purchased has shrunk considerably and the equipment has not yet passed flight tests, while Taiwan is being asked to sign an agreement that includes the country being responsible for research and development costs.
The air force denied any malpractice and said the signing of the agreement has been postponed.
The procurement is in accordance with the Government Procurement Act, military procurement regulations and the U.S. Department of Defense's security assistance management manual, the press release said.
An electronic countermeasure (ECM) is a device designed to protect aircraft from guided missiles by tricking or deceiving radar, sonar or other detection systems.
(By Hsieh Chia-chen and William Yen)
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