The United States Department of State has approved the possible sale of 66 F-16C/D Block 70 aircraft and related equipment and support for an estimated cost of $8 billion to Taiwan through Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States (TECRO).
US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the required certification notifying US Congress of the possible sale on August 20.
“This proposed sale serves U.S. national, economic, and security interests by supporting the recipient’s continuing efforts to modernize its armed forces and to maintain a credible defensive capability,” US DSCA said.
“The proposed sale will help improve the security of the recipient and assist in maintaining political stability, military balance, and economic progress in the region,” it added.
“This proposed sale will contribute to the recipient’s capability to provide for the defense of its airspace, regional security, and interoperability with the United States. The recipient currently operates the F-16A/B. The recipient will have no difficulty absorbing this aircraft and services into its arms forces,” US DSCA added.