US Approves Patriot Air Defense Sale to Taiwan

The US State Department approved a prospective foreign military sale to the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) in the United States for an anticipated cost of $95 million.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) submitted the required certification to Congress, informing them of the potential sale today.

TECRO has requested Contractor Technical Assistance support for the Patriot Air Defense System, associated equipment, and logistics support elements, as well as Patriot Ground Support Equipment, spare parts, and consumables as needed in support of technical assistance activities.

According to the DSCA, the proposed transaction will aid in maintaining Taiwan’s missile density and ensure air operations readiness and will be used to deter regional threats and bolster homeland defense.

The DSCA also expressed that “The recipient will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment and services into its armed forces.”

The prime contractor for the sale will be Raytheon Technologies which is located in Andover, Massachusetts. 

The DSCA assured that “There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.”

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