US approves possible sale of 100 Harpoon Coastal Defense Systems to Taiwan

The United States (US) State Department has approved the possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Taiwan, through Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States (TECRO), of up to 100 Harpoon Coastal Defense Systems (HCDS) and related equipment for an estimated cost of $2.37 billion, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said October 26.

US DSCA added that the required certification notifying US Congress of the possible sale was also delivered.

“TECRO has requested to buy up to one hundred (100) Harpoon Coastal Defense Systems (HCDS) consisting of up to four hundred (400) RGM-84L-4 Harpoon Block II Surface Launched Missiles; and four (4) RTM-84L-4 Harpoon Block II Exercise Missiles. Also included are four hundred and eleven (411) containers, one hundred (100) Harpoon Coastal Defense System Launcher Transporter Units, twenty-five (25) radar trucks, spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. Government and contractor representatives’ technical assistance, engineering and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics support,” US DSCA said.

It noted that the proposed sale will help improve the security of the recipient and assist in maintaining political stability, military balance, economic and progress in the region.

“This proposed sale will improve the recipient’s capability to meet current and future threats by providing a flexible solution to augment existing surface and air defenses. The recipient will be able to employ a highly reliable and effective system to counter or deter maritime aggressions, coastal blockades, and amphibious assaults. This capability will easily integrate into existing force infrastructure. The recipient will have no difficulty absorbing these systems into its armed forces,” US DSCA said.

The principal contractor for the proposed sale is Boeing.