Approval of US$1.1 billion arms sale to Taiwan


The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced that it has approved 3 separate arms sales packages to Taiwan.
In the notification sent to the Congress, it was noted that Taiwan’s Observation Radar Program was approved for the sale of 665.4 million dollars worth of logistics support.

On the other hand, in two separate notifications, it was stated that 355 million dollars were approved for sale for 60 Harpoon Block-II anti-ship missiles and related equipment, while 85.6 million dollars for 100 “AIM-9X Block-II Sidewinder Tactical Missiles” used in F-16 aircraft. It was stated that the million-dollar sale was approved.
It was noteworthy that these sales approvals came at a time when China increased its military mobility around Taiwan. Weapons sales approvals simply mean that the sale is okay for the US administration.

If the US Congress does not object to the decision of the Ministry within 15 days to NATO members and 30 business days to non-NATO countries, the administration starts negotiations with the country where the sale is approved for the content of the sales package.

At the end of these negotiations, the USA presents a letter of offer to that country. If the offer receives a positive response, the procurement process takes place.


Source: Dünya Gazetesi by www.dunya.com.

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