US approves $750m sale of self-propelled howitzer systems to Taiwan
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US approves $750m sale of self-propelled howitzer systems to Taiwan

05 Aug 2021 (Last Updated August 5th, 2021 15:33)

The sale is expected to contribute to the modernisation of Taiwan's SPH fleet.

US approves $750m sale of self-propelled howitzer systems to Taiwan
M109A6 howitzer. Credit: Staff Sgt Richard Wrigley / Wikimedia.

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a foreign military sale (FMS) of 155mm M109A6 Paladin medium self-propelled howitzer (SPH) system to the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States (TECRO).

Approved by the US State Department, the total estimated cost of the FMS and associated equipment is $750m.

The sale package includes 40 155mm M109A6 Medium SPH systems, 20 M992A2 Field Artillery Ammunition Support Vehicles (FAASV), one Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data System (AFATDS), five M88A2 Hercules vehicles, five M2 Chrysler Mount .50 calibre machine guns, and 1,698 multi-option, Precision Guidance Kits (PGK).

TECRO has also requested for M109A6/M992A2 overhaul, conversion and refurbishment services, Special Tools and Test Equipment, Defense Advanced GPS Receiver and many more.

Furthermore, the FMS deal also includes US Government and contractor technical, engineering support services and other related aspects of logistics and programme support.

According to DSCA, the sale is expected to contribute to the modernisation of Taiwan’s SPH fleet and enhance its ability to face existing and future threats.

DSCA also noted that all the equipment included in the sale will contribute to Taiwan’s goal of modernising its military capability and further improve interoperability with the US and other allies.

Paladin M109A6 is a cannon artillery system with SPH developed by the ground system division of United Defense LP (now BAE Systems Land and Armaments) and manufactured at the Paladin Production Operation centre at Chambersburg in Pennsylvania, the US.

DSCA stated: “This proposed sale of M109A6 SPH will contribute to the modernisation of the recipient’s self-propelled howitzer fleet, enhancing its ability to meet current and future threats.

“These systems will contribute to the recipient’s goal of updating its military capability while further enhancing interoperability with the US and other allies. The recipient will have no difficulty absorbing these systems into its armed forces.”

In a separate development, the US Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) Life Cycle Management Command (LCMC) awarded Oshkosh Defense a $152m order.

The order is for the delivery of the 541 Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) A2 variant.