2 Abrasions Discovered on F-16V Fuselage Skin F-16V演訓後返花蓮基地 發現蒙皮2處擦傷

A F-16V fighter plane at Hualien Air Force Base performed live ammunition training, but bullet holes appeared in the fuselage skin. The Air Force Command initially concluded that two abrasions were caused by aerial cannon shooting.

A F-16V fighter returned to Hualien Air Force Base after conducting bombing and cannon shooting training on the 20th, but unidentified bullet holes appeared directly under the cockpit in the fuselage skin, causing concern. The Air Force Command further stated that the fuselage skin was not hit by a bullet. The two abrasions occurred during the firing of the jet's cannon. There was no abnormality in other systems and a task force has been formed to investigate.

Voice of Kao Shih-huan, Deputy Director of Political Warfare, Air Force Command:"(The pilot has been reporting many times that the ammunition made by our country may be of unstable quality.) We now understand the situation and we do not rule out this possibility. But we still have to wait for the investigation results."

Some military experts pointed out that the new US fighter F-35 also suffered skin abrasions. Identifying the incident's cause is the key point. The 20 cannons carried by the F-16V used US-made ammunition when it was refitted 24 years ago. Now the fighters use domestically-made ammunition manufactured by the Armament Bureau. Some pilots have reported that there have been jams in the past. Experts believe that the Air Force has to go back and trace the manufacturing year of the ammunition to determine if this accident is related to the ammunition quality.

Chen Kuo-ming, Director of Reporting, Defense International Magazine:"Heat bombs, flares, bullets, etc. Our scientific research units have the capability to produce them. But now the problem is we have to go back and trace what year and month this batch of problematic cannon shells was made. We have to stop using them during the investigation, whether it takes a month or a year."

The Air Force does not rule out poor quality ammunition as the root of the cause. It may be bullet fragments hit the fuselage skin after the bullet was fired. Experts said that if the ammunition is confirmed as the problem, the Air Force should stop using bullets produced from the last two months. Safety of the fighter jets is of utmost importance, especially with the recent cross-strait tensions.




空軍司令部政戰副主任 高士桓表示:「(飛官反映說,其實有多次反映說,我們國造的彈藥,可能有品質參差不齊的這個狀況?) 目前我們現在了解狀況,不排除這個可能性,但是最後還是要等調查結果出來。」


全球防衛雜誌採訪主任 陳國銘表示:「熱焰彈、照明彈、砲彈等等,這些我們的科研單位,都有承製部分的能量。但是現在問題就產生說,我們要回溯說,這批出問題的機砲砲彈,當時是哪一年哪一月所製成的。假設一個月是停止週期,或是一年為停止週期的話,就停用。」