https://www.rt.com/information/581741-us-aircraft-parts-taiwan/US approves new sale of navy gear to Taiwan

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https://www.rt.com/information/581741-us-aircraft-parts-taiwan/US approves new sale of navy gear to Taiwan

The State Division has accredited the sale of infrared search and monitor methods and different gear for US-made F-16 jet fighters to Taiwan. The proposed deal value $500 million was greenlighted on Wednesday, as tensions proceed between Washington and Beijing, which considers Taiwan its territory. 

In line with an announcement from the US Protection Safety Cooperation Company (DSCA), the bundle contains spare components, software program, “plane and munitions assist,” and coaching gear. Taiwan additionally requested “US authorities and contractor engineering, technical, and logistics assist providers,” the company added.

“The proposed sale will assist enhance the safety of the recipient and help in sustaining political stability, navy steadiness, and financial progress within the area,” the DSCA stated.

Taiwan is at present upgrading its fleet of F-16A/B planes. The Taipei authorities bought 66 new F-16V jets from Washington in 2019. The primary batch will arrive on the island within the third quarter of 2024, virtually a 12 months later than initially deliberate. In line with the Taiwanese Protection Ministry, the cargo was delayed because of issues with flight management software program. 

Taipei will even obtain the primary 38 of greater than 100 US-made M1A2T Abrams tanks subsequent 12 months, President Tsai Ing-wen stated on Monday.

Beijing insists that the sale of US arms to Taiwan violates the ‘one-China’ coverage and views such offers as meddling in its home affairs.

“An rising variety of Taiwan individuals have come to comprehend that the US is popping Taiwan right into a ‘powder keg’ and an ‘ammunition depot’, fairly than offering safety,” Zhu Fenglian, spokeswoman for mainland China’s Taiwan Affairs Workplace, stated in June.

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