F-16V Fighter Jet Nearly Blasts Its Own Vessel with a 2000 Pounds MK-84 Bomb; Taiwan’s Air Force Apologizes

Surprisingly, the Taiwanese Air Force disclosed that Viper or F-16V fighter jet missed its target during training, causing a bomb to land dangerously close to a Coast Guard Administration’s vessel on 9 August.

In a routine press briefing on 15 August, General Tsao Chin-ping, the Air Force Chief of Staff, revealed and extended its apology to the Coast Guard Administration (better known as the CGA).

F-16V Fighter Jet
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General Tsao discussed that a twin-seater F-16V model miserably failed to hit its intended sea target and inadvertently released a 2,000-pound MK-84 bomb into the waters adjacent to the military base of Pingtung’s Jioupeng while participating in a training session.

The detonation of the bomb resulted in a powerful shockwave that impacted a Coast Guard Administration (abbreviated CGA) vessel with personnel on board.

However, the vessel was positioned many nautical miles from where the bomb landed. Hence, zero casualties were reported.

On 14 August, reports were circulating that multiple CGA members needed medical attention owing to the impact of the shockwave of the bomb.

The Air Force has also issued an apology and decided to administer stringent disciplinary actions against the pilot as well as the instructor, who exhibited a lapse in supervising the bomb drop mission adequately, per General Tsao.

Taiwanese news outlets also quoted that the Air Force underlined that competent personnel had been directed to add pre-flight mission reminders and strengthen their learning skills alongside bolstering simulator program drills to boost the efficacy of planned training.

Among fighter aircraft in Taiwanese inventory, F-16V is the most advanced in terms of technology, outfitted with an exceptional radar system that facilitates simultaneous and careful tracking of more than 20 targets.

Taiwanese F-16s enabled with MK-84 bombs engage in military activities replicating scenarios involving a probable Chinese invasion.

The American Mk-84 general-purpose bomb weighs a whopping 2,000 pounds and encompasses a steel casing of about 1,000 pounds with a 946-pound Tritonal filler — made of TNT and aluminium.

The composition imparts the Mk 84 with an explosive yield that equals nearly half a ton of TNT, factoring in Tritonal’s almost 20% higher potency than TNT.

The Mk 84 also has a lethal radius; it can result in fatalities of about 1,181 feet, while the capacity for inflicting severe injuries extends to distances of nearly 2,624 feet.

References: Eurasian Times, WION

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