Taiwan ready to equip its F-16s with AN/ALQ-131 pods with DRFM

Taiwan says the integration of AN/ALQ-131 pods with Digital Radio Frequency Memory (DRFM) technology on its F-16s has completed.

ALQ-131 ECM Pod
By U.S. Air Force photo (National Museum of the USAF: image) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The island had wanted to buy 42 pods and had earmarked $160 million to buy them. However, development costs had eaten up the budget and Taiwan can only afford to buy 12 pods.

The purchase of the electronic warfare pods was part of the Foreign Military Sale (FMS) package offered to Taiwan in September 2011. Taiwan was allowed to modernized 145 F-16A/Bs to the V-model.

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