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Ceremony to mark IDF weapons upgrade at base

TAIPEI--A ceremony is set for Tuesday at an airbase in the southern city of Tainan to mark the completion of the first batch of upgraded indigenous defense fighter (IDF) jets and the installation of a new weapon system, the Air Force said yesterday.

President Ma Ying-jeou is set to attend the ceremony.

Taiwan's over 120 IDFs, which have been in service for more than 10 years, are being upgraded by Aerospace Industrial Development Corp., mainly to strengthen their air-to land strike capacity in order to offset the burden shouldered by the more advanced fleet of F-16 fighters.

The IDFs will be equipped with the Wan Chien (10 thousand swords) bomb, a subminitions dispenser researched and produced by the military run Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology.

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