The U.S. State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of Surveillance Radar Program (SRP) Operations and Maintenance follow-on sustainment package to Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO)* in the United States.
The package includes, contractor logistics support (sustainment); engineering services and technical updates to address equipment obsolescence; transportation and material costs associated with contractor repair and return services; spare and repair parts; support and test equipment; publications and technical documentation; personnel training and training equipment; U.S. Government and contractor engineering; technical and logistics support services; and other related elements of logistical and program support.
The total estimated program cost is $400 million.
The proposed sale improves Taiwan’s capability to provide early warning against current and future airborne threats. The SRP is a key component to its Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance architecture. It will use the requested updates and sustainment as a defensive deterrent to regional threats and to strengthen its homeland defense.
*TECRO is a representative office alternative to an embassy or a consulate which handles foreign affairs and citizen services of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in countries that have diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China (PRC, commonly “China”).
Under the terms of the One China Policy stipulated by the PRC, such countries may not have diplomatic relations with the Republic of China, as the PRC denies the status of ROC as a sovereign state and claims Taiwan as part of its territory. As a result, these countries do not allow the ROC to establish an “official” embassy or consulate but instead allow the ROC to establish these representative offices to conduct unofficial government relations with the host countries.