US to sell radar warning system and Harpoon missiles to Taiwan
Harpoon missiles capable of destroying any target
This new agreement was concluded in view of the major military exercises launched by China.
Washington. Faced with the growing tension of Taiwan with China, to strengthen its defense system, the United States announced to give 1.1 billion dollars of modern weapons to Taiwan. The new arms deal with Taiwan was made ahead of major military drills launched by China after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan. There are fears that the Chinese military drills are a test for future attacks.
Weapons sold to Taiwan include a deal worth $665 million for a radar early warning system capable of tracking fighter jets and missiles and $355 million for 60 advanced Harpoon missiles, the agency says. Reuters press release. Thanks to which incoming combat aircraft and missiles can be detected much earlier. While Harpoon missiles are capable of destroying any target. The Pentagon said the US State Department had approved the sale of $1.1 billion worth of military equipment, including 60 anti-ship missiles and 100 air-to-air missiles, to Taiwan.
The US Seventh Fleet will become an armor for Taiwan, 70 ships, 150 fighter jets and 27,000 troops are deployed
This arms sale order is said to show strong support for Taiwan from President Joe Biden’s administration. At present, Taiwan is facing strong pressure from China. Which has never ruled out the use of the military to bring the democratically governed island under its control. China continues to claim that Taiwan is one of them. While Taipei says China has never ruled the island and has no right to claim it.
Keywords: America, Pentagon, Taiwan
FIRST POST: September 03, 2022, 06:40 IST