TAIPEI (The China Post) – The Air Force has confirmed its request for fighter aircraft from the United States, even though it is unclear whether the purchasing budget for the 66 F-16Vs is NT$390 billion or NT$250 billion, according to local media reports.

空軍日前證實向美國提出增購戰機需求,但是金額眾說紛紜,有媒體報導是3900億元採購66架F-16V,也有一說是2500億元。

In response to media inquiries, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) clarified said on March 12 that the procurement request was just submitted for application, and it is better for the public not to spread misleading information.

國防部今(12)日澄清表示,目前採購案仍向美方提出發價申請書階段,籲民眾勿以訛傳訛。

According to the spokesperson of the Ministry of National Defense (MND), Chen Chung-chi (陳中吉), some people have spread false information regarding the procurement on Facebook and Line that the government spent NT$390 billion on the already outdated F-16Vs and yet the 138 F-35 jets that the U.K. purchased cost only NT$361.9 billion.

國防部發言人陳中吉表示有民眾在臉書(Facebook)及通訊軟體Line上散播不實的軍購內容,指「英國買138架F-35戰機才新台幣3619億元,政府卻花3900億購買66架落後20年的F-16V」。

Chen said that based on the information released by the Defence Select Committee of the British House of Commons, the purchase amount was 48 aircraft, which was far from the alleged number.

他表示,按照去年2月英國下議院國防委員會公布的資料,內文提到採購F-35戰機確實是3619億元,但架次為48架,與民眾散播內容指稱的138架數目天差地遠。

Chen also stressed that as long as the jets meet the operational needs for national defense, they will remain as procuring options no matter if it’s the F-15, F-18, F-16 or F-35. For now, the MND hasn’t decided which types of fighter jet to purchase. Pending on the reply from the U.S. government, the ministry will engage in further negotiations.

陳中吉也強調,只要符合國軍的作戰需求,不管是F-15、F-18、F-16或F-35都是新式戰機的籌獲選項,目前國軍還未決定想要何種機型,而是屆時再依美方的回覆進行選擇、議價。