The US State Department has approved a potential arms sale to Taiwan worth more than $1.1 billion, including 60 anti-ship missiles and 100 air-to-air missiles. This is stated in a message from the Defense and Security Cooperation Agency at the Pentagon, quoted by BGNES.
The package of potential arms sales also includes contractor logistical support for a radar surveillance program, the statement said.
The package, which is still in the early stages of preparation, includes 60 AGM-84L Harpoon Block II missiles for $355 million, 100 AIM-9X Block II Sidewinder tactical air-to-air missiles for $85.6 million, and $655.4 million .dollars. dollars to extend the surveillance radar contract, the people said. The Sidewinder missiles will arm the US-made F-16 fighter jets in Taipei.
Concerns have grown in recent years that Beijing is preparing to seize Taiwan by military force, based on its belief that the island is part of China. In response, the US and other Western nations have sought to bolster Taiwan’s defenses and support its vibrant democracy, which stands in stark contrast to Beijing’s authoritarianism.