The Republic of China Air Force (RoCAF) has doubled the number of Tien Chien II (Sky Sword 2, TC-2) medium-range, radar-guided air-to-air missiles (AAMs) its Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation (AIDC) F-CK-1 Ching Kuo aircraft can carry as a result of a recently completed upgrade programme of the multirole fighter.
The programme, which began in 2009 and was completed in December 2017, upgraded the RoCAF’s fleet of 127 F-CK-1A single-seat fighters and F-CK-1B two-seat trainers into their respective F-CK-1C and F-CK-1D standards.
The move included various phases, the first one of which involved expanding the payload capacity of the F-CK-1, which is also known as the Indigenous Defense Fighter (IDF).
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