AIDC F-CK-1 Ching-kuo

1st Flight 1989

Military Users- Republic of China (Taiwan) Air Force.

F-CK-1 Ching-kuo

The AIDC F-CK-1 Ching-Kuo, commonly known as the Indigenous Defense Fighter (IDF), is a multirole combat aircraft named after Chiang Ching-kuo, the late President of the Republic of China.

The aircraft made its first flight in 1989.

F-CK-1 Ching-kuo

It was delivered to the Republic of China Air Force (Taiwan) in January 1994 and entered service in 1997.

All 130 production aircraft were manufactured by 1999.

F-CK-1 Ching-kuo

Taiwan initiated the IDF program when the United States refused to sell them F-20 Tiger shark and F-16 Fighting Falcon jet fighters following diplomatic pressure from China. Taiwan therefore decided to develop an advanced indigenous jet fighter.

The Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation (AIDC), based in Taichung, Taiwan, designed and built the IDF jet fighter.

F-CK-1 Ching-kuo


Crew: 1

Length: 14.48 m (47 ft 6 in)

Wingspan: 9 m (29 ft 6 in)

Height: 4.42 m (14 ft 6 in)

Wing area: 24.2 m2 (260 sq ft)

Empty weight: 6,500 kg (14,330 lb)

Gross weight: 9,072 kg (20,000 lb)

Max take off weight: 9,526 kg (21,001 lb)

F-CK-1 Ching-kuo

Power plant: 2 × Honeywell/ITEC F125-GA-100 turbofan, 27 kN (6,100 lbf) thrust each dry, 42.1 kN (9,500 lbf) with afterburner


Maximum speed: Mach 1.8 (1379mph, 2,220 km/h)

Range: 1,100 km (680 mi, 590 nmi)

Service ceiling: 16,800 m (55,100 ft)

Thrust/weight: 1.01


Guns: 1× 20 mm (0.787 in) M61A1 6-barreled Gatling cannon


4× Sky Sword I

4× Sky Sword II

4× AIM-9 Sidewinder

4× AGM-65 Maverick air-to-surface missiles

2× Hsiung Feng II Anti-ship missiles


2x Wan Chien air-to-ground cruise missile

10x Mark 82 bomb

10x Mk-20 Rockeye II

3x Mark 84 bomb


Radar: 1× GD-53 X-band pulse doppler

Effective scanning range:

Look up: 57 kilometres (35 mi)

Look down: 39 km (24 mi)

F-CK-1 Ching-kuo



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