In developing a jet trainer, Taiwan has begun in the middle, says the defense ministry’s technology agency. But even by using an in-service light fighter as a starting point, the four-year program cannot have much room for slippage. The trainer is really a new aircraft, not merely a version of the fighter, the Aerospace Industrial Development Corp. (AIDC) F-CK-1, even though the two will look much the same. The differences, largely unavoidable and including an almost new structure, ...

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