The US have released a US$ 5.8 billion arms package for Taiwan, triggering off the anger of China, writes defense analyst Wendell Minnick in Defense News. Taiwan still hope to obtain also ordered new F-16’s.
The U.S. has released a $5.8 billion arms package to Taiwan that includes a retrofit for F-16A/B fighter aircraft, the continuation of an F-16 fighter training program, and a blanket order for spare parts for the C-130 cargo aircraft, F-5 fighter and Indigenous Defense Fighter (IDF).
The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) released three Congressional notifications on Sept. 21 covering the deal under the Foreign Military Sales program. Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) also confirmed the release during a late night press conference.
MND officials expressed gratitude for the release; one official called it an early Christmas gift.
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