The U.S. State Department has approved a possible sale of up to 100 Harpoon Coastal Defense Systems (HCDS) and related equipment to Taiwan for an estimated cost of $2.37 billion.
The sale is be processed under the U.S. Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), which oversees FMS sales, delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on Oct. 26.
The complete sales package approved for Taiwan, represented by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) in the U.S., includes up to 100 Harpoon Coastal Defense Systems (HCDS) consisting of up to 400 RGM-84L-4 Harpoon Block II Surface Launched Missiles; and four RTM-84L-4 Harpoon Block II Exercise Missiles.
Also included are 411 containers, 100 Harpoon Coastal Defense System Launcher Transporter Units, 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. The total estimated program cost is $2.37 billion.
The principal contractor of the sale will be The Boeing Company, St. Louis, MO.
“This proposed sale is consistent with U.S. law and policy as expressed in Public Law 96-8. 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. The proposed sale will help improve the security of the recipient and assist in maintaining political stability, military balance, economic and progress in the region,” said a DSCA statement.
“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 statement said.
“The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.”
Last week, DSCA announced a possible sale of $1.8 billion worth of armaments, consisting of HIMARS launchers, missiles and reconnaissance pods, to Taiwan under the FMS program.
This package included11 M142 HIMARS (High Mobility Artillery Rocket System) launchers along with 64 M57 ATACMS (Army Tactical Missile System) tactical ballistic missiles (TBMs) with a combined estimated worth of $436.1 million, 135 AGM-84H SLAM-ER (Standoff Land Attack Missile Expanded Response) air-launched stand-off cruise missiles worth estimated $1.008 billion and six MS-110 reconnaissance pods worth estimated $367.2 million.
In response to this announcement, China said it will sanction three American defense contractors, Lockheed Martin, Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS) and Raytheon. These companies were the prime contractors for the three possible sales.
Zhao Lijian, spokesperson with the Chinese Foreign Ministry, said at a regular press conference that “China firmly opposes and strongly condemns” the U.S. arms sales to Taiwan which “severely violate the one-China principle and the three China-U.S. joint communiqués, and seriously undermine China’s sovereignty and security interests”.
Boeing is also the prime contractor for Harpoon missiles.