The U.S. State Department has approved a possible sale of Stinger missiles, along with related equipment and support, to Taiwan for an estimated cost of $223.56 million under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on July 8. DSCA, as part of the U.S. Department of Defense, provides financial and technical assistance, transfer of defense matériel, training and services to allies, and promotes military-to-military contacts.
Taiwan, represented by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) in the U.S., has requested to buy two hundred fifty (250) Block I -92F MANPAD Stinger missiles and four (4) Block I -92F MANPAD Stinger Fly-to-Buy missiles.
FIM-92 Stinger is a Man-Portable Air-Defense System (MANPADS) that operates as a shoulder-fired infrared homing surface-to-air missile (SAM). It can be also adapted to fire from a wide variety of ground vehicles and helicopters (as an air-to-air missile, AAM)
Also included in the sale package for Taiwan is one (1) Captive Flight Trainer (CFT), twenty-three (23) Field Handling Trainers (FHTs), one hundred eight (108) Gripstock Control Groups, one hundred eight (108) Medium Thermal Weapon Sights (MTWS), seven (7) Tracking Head Trainers (THTs), two (2) Sierra Coolant Recharging Units (CRUs), one (1) Missile Go/No Go Test Set, one hundred eight (108) Identification Friend or Foe (IFF), TFF Development, one (1) Integrated Electronic Technical Manuals (IETMs), Government Furnished Equipment, spare and repair parts, telemeters, range and test support, contractor technical support, contractor training, contractor engineering services, contractor logistics services, consolidation, total package fielding, material fielding team, Field Service Representative (FSR), U.S. Government technical support, and other associated equipment and services and other related elements of logistics and program support.
The principal contractor for the sale will be Raytheon Missile Systems.
A statement from DSCA said that this proposed sale is consistent with U.S. law and policy as expressed in Public Law 96-8.
“This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security and defensive capability of the recipient, an important force for political stability, military balance, and economic progress in the region.”
“The recipient intends to use these defense articles and services to modernize its armed forces and expand its existing air defense architecture to counter threats. This will contribute to the recipient military’s goal to update its capability while further enhancing greater interoperability between the recipient, the U.S., and other partners. The recipient will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment into its armed forces.”
“The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region”, the statement added.
In addition to Stinger missiles, the U.S. State Department also approved a possible sale of 108 M1A2T Abrams main battle tanks (MBTs), along with related equipment and support, to Taiwan for an estimated cost of $2 billion.