For the past 30 years, the Republic of China Air Force (ROCAF) has defended its skies with Lockheed Martin products starting with F-104 Starfighters and continuing today with the F-16A/B MLU Block 20 Fighting Falcon.
But, Lockheed Martin’s history with Taiwan goes beyond delivering advanced programs and capabilities. The Corporation was also the first defense contractor to establish an Industrial Cooperation (IC) Agreement with Taiwan’s Industrial Development Bureau (IBD), providing new technologies, know-how, and capabilities to local industry.
Major programs in Taiwan include:
Indigenous Defense Fighter (IDF)- Lockheed Martin helped design and produce Taiwan’s first and only fly-by-wire advanced fighter.
C-130H- Taiwan’s Republic of China Air Force has purchased 20 C-130Hs from the United States Air Force.
P-3- The Taiwan Navy obtained 12 P-3C aircraft under the U.S. government’s Foreign Military Sales program in 2007 which were then modernized to provide an additional 15,000 flight hours.
Sharpshooter Targeting Pods and Pathfinder Navigation Pods- Taiwan’s F-16s utilize these systems to pinpoint targets in challenging conditions, including total darkness and poor weather.
Radars- From GE-592 solid-state 3D radar to the TPS-117, Lockheed Martin has a proud history of providing a variety of radars to Taiwan.
C4ISR and Command and Control Capabilities- Between upgrading command and control capabilities to providing C4ISR solutions, the Corporation supports program such as Automated Air Defense System.
Athena launch vehicle- This vehicle launched the ROCSAT-1 satellite aboard the Athena launch vehicle from Cape Canaveral.
Air Traffic Control- Lockheed Martin has provided the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) with a variety of systems and updates.
ROC Navy PFG-2 Frigate- Lockheed Martin has worked with the ROC Navy since 1986 building and operating Taiwan’s first indigenous warship. From training support to air-to-air missiles, Lockheed Martin has been a proud partner for the PFG-2 Frigate.
M-TADS/PNVS (Arrowhead) is the advanced electro-optical fire control system that AH-64 Apache helicopter pilots use for safe flight in day, night, or bad weather missions. M-TADS/PNVS advanced technology improves system performance by over 150 percent. Reliability increases more than 150 percent while maintenance actions decrease approximately 60 percent. Over 1100 systems have been delivered.
The LONGBOW system is built by a Joint Venture of Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman. U.S. Army testing shows integrated capabilities enhance the Apache lethality fourfold and survivability sevenfold. The LONGBOW Fire Control Radar (FCR) rapidly and automatically searches, detects, locates, classifies, and prioritizes multiple moving and stationary targets on land, water and in the air in all weather and battlefield conditions from standoff ranges. High system reliability and two-level maintenance maximize operational availability and reduce support costs.
Air and Missile Defense- From the Hellfire II to PAC-3 to Javelin to Longbow, Lockheed Martin and Taiwan partner on a variety of missile defense programs.