US announces sale of Patriot missile maintenance services to Taiwan

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Washington, April 5 (CNA) The United States government has approved its third arms package to Taiwan since President Joe Biden took office, a US$95 million sale to Taiwan of equipment and services aimed at maintaining Taiwan’s American-made missile defense system.

According to the US Defense and Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) in a statement on Tuesday, the sale will involve “contracted technical assistance and related equipment” for the Patriot missile defense system.

It will include the training, planning, fielding, deployment, operation, maintenance and sustainment of the Patriot system, associated equipment and logistic support elements, as well as ground support equipment and spare parts, according to the DSCA press release.

“The proposed sale will help improve the recipient’s security and maintain political stability and military balance” in the region, and help “maintain the recipient’s missile density and ensure air operations readiness,” it said. he declared.

Taiwan thanked the United States for its approval of the latest arms package.

With this sale, the United States honors its commitment to support Taiwan with defensive articles under the Taiwan Relations Act and the “six assurances”, Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) said in a statement. press release, in which he expressed his “sincere gratitude”. for the deal.

The latest defensive arms sale showed the United States’ determination to bolster Taiwan’s self-defense capabilities, the Department of National Defense said, and it pledged that Taiwan would continue to strengthen its security ties with states. United to jointly safeguard regional and cross-strait peace.

The package is expected to be formally confirmed by the US Congress after a month, according to the MND.

This latest sale under the Biden administration “fully demonstrated the U.S. government’s high regard for Taiwan’s defense capabilities,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said in a separate statement.

It was the third weapons package offered since Biden took office in January 2021.

The first, in August 2021, was $750 million for 40 Paladin M109A6 self-propelled howitzers.

The second, in February, was a US$100 million package including equipment and services to support participation in the Patriot International Engineering Services Program (IESP) and Field Surveillance Program (FSP) for five years.

(By Joseph Yeh)

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