The U.S. State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale of a Field Information Communications System (FICS) and related equipment to Taiwan for an estimated cost of $280 million.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on Dec. 7.
The Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States (TECRO) has requested to buy a Field Information Communications System (FICS), consisting of one hundred fifty-four (154) Communications Nodes (CN) with S-788 Type III shelter; twenty-four (24) Communication Relays with S-788 Type III shelter; eight (8) Network Management Systems (NMS) with S-788 Type III shelter; Basic Issue Items (BII); program management support; verification testing; system technical support; transportation; spare and repair parts; communication support equipment; communication equipment integration; tools and test equipment; personnel training and training equipment; initial repair and return program; Additional Authorized List (AAL); technical manuals; Quality Assurance Team (QAT); U.S. Government and contractor engineering; technical and logistics support services; contractor provided training; Field Service Representatives (FSR); and other related elements of logistics and program support.
The DSCA statement said that this proposed sale is consistent with U.S. law and policy as expressed in Public Law 96-8.
The statement added that the FICN is designed to provide mobile and secure communications and will contribute to the Taiwan’s goal to modernize its military communication’s capability in support of their mission and operational needs.