Ashton, DC [US]On Thursday, June 30, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency of the U.S. Department of Defense approved the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) at an estimated cost of $332.2 million.
A statement from the agency said the weapons kits would include 30mm ammunition, spare parts for wheeled vehicles and other items. This is the tenth arms sales plan to Taiwan under the leadership of US President Joe Biden.
“The State Department has decided to approve the possible sale of 30mm ammunition and related equipment to the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States at an estimated cost of $332.2 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency has delivered the required items,” the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a statement. : “We have certified to notify Congress of the possible sale today. ”
The Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) in the United States requires the purchase of various unclassified 30mm ammunition, including 30mm high-explosive incendiary bombs, 30mm multipurpose bombs, and 30mm training bombs; engineering and technical services, including configuration control, production support, Ammunition testing and loading, assembly, and packaging services; other technical services, including procurement and procurement assistance, Navy civilian personnel costs, contract support services, technical data request support, response information to requests, up to two (2) program management reviews per year and testing and documentation related to contract procurement; and other related elements of logistics and project support. The estimated total cost is $332.2 million. ”
It is in the national, economic and security interests of the United States that the proposed arms sale supports the recipient’s continued efforts to modernize its armed forces and maintain a credible defense capability, the statement said. It will also help improve the security of recipient countries and help maintain political stability, military balance, and economic progress in the region.
The proposed sale will help maintain the recipient’s CM34 armored vehicles, enhancing their ability to deal with current and future threats. This munition will help recipients maintain their military capability goals while further enhancing interoperability with the United States. The receiving side will have no trouble assimilating these munitions into its armed forces.
The proposed sale of these equipment and support will not change the basic military balance in the region.
After the U.S. approved the arms sale, Taiwan thanked the State Department and tweeted: “We thank @StateDept for approving the #FMS for 30mm ammunition and related equipment, and the cooperative logistics supply support arrangement. Both FMS are in the process of notifying @CongressMultiple government”.
It added: “These #FMS are based on the #TaiwanRelationsAct and #SixAssurances, providing what is needed to enhance our defense capabilities as well as maintain regional stability.” (Ani)
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