Taiwan’s purchase of US mobile communication system could help counter Chinese cyberattack

  • The Field Information Communications System is as significant as other, more high-profile weapons Washington has sold to Taipei, analyst says
  • The system can also be used for rescue missions during natural disasters like earthquakes or mudslides

South China Morning Post
Date: 13 Dec, 2020
By: Lawrence Chung

Indigenous Defence Fighter jets belonging to Taiwan’s air force are parked inside a hangar during the visit of President Tsai Ing-Wen in September. Photo: EPA-EFE

A military Field Information Communications System the US has recently approved for sales to Taiwan could help the self-ruled island counter a cyberattack launched by the People’s Liberation Army, which would be of great importance in the event of war, according to analysts.

Though the system is not as eye-catching as other weapons the US has sold to Taiwan this year, it is something the island’s military cannot do without if it is to fight the increasingly powerful cyberwarfare of the PLA, they said.

On Monday, the US State Department notified Congress of the possible sale of the US$280 million Field Information Communications System to Taiwan to help modernise the island’s armed forces and maintain a credible defensive capability.    [FULL  STORY]

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