Military Users- Republic of China (Taiwan) Air Force.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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)
Guns: 1× 20 mm (0.787 in) M61A1 6-barreled Gatling cannon