US approves US$280m weapons sale

COMMUNICATIONS UPGRADE: Thanking Washington for the potential sale, Taipei said it would further strengthen the Taiwanese military’s strategic and defense needs

Taipei Times
Date: Dec 09, 2020
By: Lin Chia-nan / Staff reporter

The American Institute in Taiwan is pictured in Taipei on Nov. 4.
Photo: David Chang, EPA-EFE

US President Donald Trump’s administration on Monday announced that it had approved a US$280 million arms sale package to Taiwan, with local experts saying the sale would upgrade military telecommunications and stimulate industrial development.

The package includes a Field Information Communications System, consisting of 154 communication nodes, 24 communication relays and eight network management systems, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a press release.

It also involves verification testing, personnel training and training equipment, an initial repair and return program, technical and logistics support services, and contractor-provided training, it said.

The proposed sale is designed to provide mobile and secure communications, the agency said, adding that it has notified the US Congress as required.    [FULL  STORY]

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