Sunday, October 30, 2005

Taiwan's New Business Jet is World's Fastest

Taiwan has developed the world's fastest business jet:

Sino Swearingen Aircraft Corporation (SSAC) has received orders for 280 SJ30-2 from the US, Canada, Britain, Germany and Switzerland, with the first aircraft to be delivered in spring next year, according to CNA.

Taiwan built the IDF warplane for its air force and makes components for passenger jets manufactured by Boeing and Airbus, but the country has not yet manufactured a passenger aircraft.

The SJ30-2 has attracted worldwide attention amid SSAC claims that, with a cruise speed of Mach 0.78 and a range of 4,500 km, it is the world's fastest executive jet which also has the longest range.

Calling it "a milestone for Taiwan's aeronautics industry", SSAC's Taiwanese chairman Kuo Ching-chiang said he hoped Taiwan would benefit from the transfer of US technology.

"Taiwan's" jet is actually being made in West Virginia, according to the report.

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