US State Department Approves $2.4 Billion Sale of 500 Harpoon Anti-Ship Missiles to Taiwan
US State Department Approves $2.4 Billion Sale of 500 Harpoon Anti-Ship Missiles to Taiwan

US State Department Approves $2.4 Billion Sale of 500 Harpoon Anti-Ship Missiles to Taiwan

The U.S. State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States (TECRO) of up to one hundred (100) Harpoon Coastal Defense Systems (HCDS) and related equipment for an estimated cost of $2.37 billion. This proposed sale serves U.S. national, economic, and security interests by supporting the recipient’s continuing efforts to modernize its armed forces and to maintain a credible defensive capability. This proposed sale is consistent with U.S. law and policy as expressed in Public Law 96-8.

TECRO has requested to buy up to one hundred (100) Harpoon Coastal Defense Systems (HCDS) consisting of up to four hundred (400) RGM-84L-4 Harpoon Block II Surface Launched Missiles; and four (4) RTM-84L-4 Harpoon Block II Exercise Missiles. Also included are four hundred and eleven (411) containers, one hundred (100) Harpoon Coastal Defense System Launcher Transporter Units, twenty-five (25) radar trucks, spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. Government and contractor representatives’ technical assistance, engineering and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics support.

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This proposed sale will improve the recipient’s capability to meet current and future threats by providing a flexible solution to augment existing surface and air defenses. The recipient will be able to employ a highly reliable and effective system to counter or deter maritime aggressions, coastal blockades, and amphibious assaults. This capability will easily integrate into existing force infrastructure. The recipient will have no difficulty absorbing these systems into its armed forces. The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.

The principal contractor will be The Boeing Company, St. Louis, MO. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale. Implementation of this proposed sale will require the assignment of two (2) U.S. contractor representatives to the recipient for a duration of 8 years to support technical reviews, support, and oversight. The description and dollar value is for the highest estimated quantity and dollar value based on initial requirements. There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale. Actual dollar value will be lower depending on final requirements, budget authority, and signed sales agreement(s), if and when concluded.

Royal Australian Navy ship HMAS Stuart (FFG 153) conducts a live Harpoon Missile Firing during exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2020.
Royal Australian Navy ship HMAS Stuart (FFG 153) conducts a live Harpoon Missile Firing during exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2020.
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