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April 6, 2022

US approves $95m Patriot Air Defense System support for Taiwan

Raytheon Technologies will be the primary contractor for the potential sale.

The US is set to sell equipment, training, and other items to support Taiwan’s Patriot Air Defense System.

The $95m possible foreign military sale (FMS) was approved by the US State Department.

The move comes after the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO), in the US, requested contractor technical assistance support for the Patriot system.

According to a Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) statement, the scope of the support services will include training, planning, fielding, deployment, operation, maintenance, and sustainment of the Patriot Air Defense System.

It will also include delivering associated equipment, logistical support, and Patriot ground support equipment.

Raytheon Technologies in Andover, Massachusetts, will be the primary contractor.

The support services will help Taiwan to further strengthen its air defence, deter regional threats, and maintain missile density and readiness for air operations.

“This proposed sale serves US national, economic, and security interests by supporting the recipient’s continuing efforts to modernise its armed forces, and to maintain a credible defensive capability.

“The proposed sale will help improve the security of the recipient and assist in maintaining political stability, military balance, [and] economic progress in the region,” the DSCA statement said.

Taiwan’s Defence Ministry expects the deal to become effective within the next month.

According to a Reuters report, this is the third arms sale to Taiwan under the present US administration.

In February this year, the US State Department approved another $100m worth of necessary equipment and services for Taiwan’s Patriot Air Defense System.

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