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Tangkal Ancaman China, Taiwan Resmikan Jet Tempur Canggih F-16V

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Kamis, 18 Nov 2021 20:45 WIB

Taiwan - Otoritas Taiwan meresmikan skuadron pertama F-16V, jet tempur canggih buatan Amerika Serikat. Jet tersebut akan memperkuat pertahanan Taiwan dari ancaman China.

A Taiwanese Air Force flag bearer passes by one of the newly commissioned upgraded F-16V fighter jets at Air Force base in Chiayi in southwestern Taiwan Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021. Taiwan has deployed the most advanced version of the F-16 fighter jet in its Air Force, as the island steps up its defense capabilities in the face of continuing threats from China. (AP Photo/Johnson Lai)

Taiwan menggelar seremoni pada hari Kamis (18/11) untuk meresmikan skuadron pertama F-16V, yang merupakan versi tercanggih jet tempur F-16 buatan Amerika Serikat, yang akan memperkuat pertahanan pulau itu dari ancaman China.  

A Taiwanese Air Force flag bearer passes by one of the newly commissioned upgraded F-16V fighter jets at Air Force base in Chiayi in southwestern Taiwan Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021. Taiwan has deployed the most advanced version of the F-16 fighter jet in its Air Force, as the island steps up its defense capabilities in the face of continuing threats from China. (AP Photo/Johnson Lai)

Presiden Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen menghadiri upacara yang digelar di sebuah pangkalan udara di kota Chiayi tersebut bersama Sandra Oudkirk, diplomat top AS untuk Taiwan.  

A Taiwanese Air Force flag bearer passes by one of the newly commissioned upgraded F-16V fighter jets at Air Force base in Chiayi in southwestern Taiwan Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021. Taiwan has deployed the most advanced version of the F-16 fighter jet in its Air Force, as the island steps up its defense capabilities in the face of continuing threats from China. (AP Photo/Johnson Lai)

F-16V adalah versi upgrade dan jauh lebih canggih dari pesawat tempur lama F-16 Taiwan lainnya yang berasal dari tahun 1990-an. Taiwan juga memiliki jet Mirage buatan Prancis dan pesawat tempur buatannya sendiri.  

A Taiwanese Air Force flag bearer passes by one of the newly commissioned upgraded F-16V fighter jets at Air Force base in Chiayi in southwestern Taiwan Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021. Taiwan has deployed the most advanced version of the F-16 fighter jet in its Air Force, as the island steps up its defense capabilities in the face of continuing threats from China. (AP Photo/Johnson Lai)

Sebagai pesawat tempur multi-peran generasi keempat, F-16V menawarkan sistem radar yang lebih canggih serta persenjataan, navigasi, dan sistem peperangan elektronik yang lebih canggih.  

A Taiwanese Air Force flag bearer passes by one of the newly commissioned upgraded F-16V fighter jets at Air Force base in Chiayi in southwestern Taiwan Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021. Taiwan has deployed the most advanced version of the F-16 fighter jet in its Air Force, as the island steps up its defense capabilities in the face of continuing threats from China. (AP Photo/Johnson Lai)

Namun, F-16V kurang canggih dibandingkan jet tempur generasi kelima seperti J-20 China, Su-57 Rusia serta pesawat tempur F-22 dan F-35 buatan AS.  

A Taiwanese Air Force flag bearer passes by one of the newly commissioned upgraded F-16V fighter jets at Air Force base in Chiayi in southwestern Taiwan Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021. Taiwan has deployed the most advanced version of the F-16 fighter jet in its Air Force, as the island steps up its defense capabilities in the face of continuing threats from China. (AP Photo/Johnson Lai)

Taiwan saat ini sedang memperbarui 141 unit F-16 lama untuk menjadikannya versi V dan juga telah memesan 66 unit F-16V baru.  

A Taiwanese Air Force flag bearer passes by one of the newly commissioned upgraded F-16V fighter jets at Air Force base in Chiayi in southwestern Taiwan Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021. Taiwan has deployed the most advanced version of the F-16 fighter jet in its Air Force, as the island steps up its defense capabilities in the face of continuing threats from China. (AP Photo/Johnson Lai)

Upgrade F-16 senilai 110 miliar dolar Taiwan (Rp 56,2 triliun) tersebut dipimpin oleh pabrikan Lockheed Martin dam Aerospace Industrial Development Corp (AIDC) Taiwan. Ini merupakan contoh terbaru dari kerja sama militer antara AS dan Taiwan.  

A Taiwanese Air Force flag bearer passes by one of the newly commissioned upgraded F-16V fighter jets at Air Force base in Chiayi in southwestern Taiwan Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021. Taiwan has deployed the most advanced version of the F-16 fighter jet in its Air Force, as the island steps up its defense capabilities in the face of continuing threats from China. (AP Photo/Johnson Lai)

Pengerahan skuadron pertama ini dilakukan pada saat meningkatnya ketegangan antara Beijing dan Washington mengenai nasib Taiwan. Taiwan yang berpenduduk 23 juta orang itu diklaim oleh Beijing, yang berjanji suatu hari akan mengambil pulau itu, dengan paksa jika perlu.  

A Taiwanese Air Force flag bearer passes by one of the newly commissioned upgraded F-16V fighter jets at Air Force base in Chiayi in southwestern Taiwan Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021. Taiwan has deployed the most advanced version of the F-16 fighter jet in its Air Force, as the island steps up its defense capabilities in the face of continuing threats from China. (AP Photo/Johnson Lai)

Amerika Serikat sebenarnya tidak memiliki hubungan diplomatik resmi dengan Taiwan. Namun, Washington menentang segala upaya untuk mengubah status Taiwan dengan paksa dan terikat dengan Undang-Undang Kongres untuk membantu pulau itu mempertahankan dirinya. AS bahkan merupakan pendukung internasional utama Taiwan sekaligus pemasok senjata pulau itu.  

Tangkal Ancaman China, Taiwan Resmikan Jet Tempur Canggih F-16V
Tangkal Ancaman China, Taiwan Resmikan Jet Tempur Canggih F-16V
Tangkal Ancaman China, Taiwan Resmikan Jet Tempur Canggih F-16V
Tangkal Ancaman China, Taiwan Resmikan Jet Tempur Canggih F-16V
Tangkal Ancaman China, Taiwan Resmikan Jet Tempur Canggih F-16V
Tangkal Ancaman China, Taiwan Resmikan Jet Tempur Canggih F-16V
Tangkal Ancaman China, Taiwan Resmikan Jet Tempur Canggih F-16V
Tangkal Ancaman China, Taiwan Resmikan Jet Tempur Canggih F-16V
Tangkal Ancaman China, Taiwan Resmikan Jet Tempur Canggih F-16V