U.S. announces sale of self-propelled artillery to Taiwan
ROC Central News Agency
08/05/2021 08:55 AM
Washington, Aug. 4 (CNA) The United States government announced on Wednesday that it has approved the sale to Taiwan of 40 M109A6 "Paladin" self-propelled howitzers and related equipment at an estimated cost of US$750 million.
This is the first U.S. arms sale to Taiwan since President Joe Biden took office in January.
In a statement, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) under the U.S. Department of Defense said it notified Congress of the deal on Wednesday after it was approved by the State Department.
The package includes 40 155mm M109A6 Medium Self-Propelled Howitzer 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 caliber machine guns; and one thousand six hundred ninety-eight (1,698) multi-option, Precision Guidance Kits (PGK), the DSCA said.
The agency said the sale will contribute to the modernization of Taiwan's self-propelled howitzer fleet, enhancing its ability to meet current and future threats.
These systems will contribute to Taiwan's goal of updating its military capability while further enhancing interoperability with the United States and other allies, the DSCA said, adding that Taiwan will have no difficulty absorbing these systems into its armed forces.
(By Stacy Hsu and Y.F. Low)
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